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Does anybody keep their New Year’s Resolutions? We put off until tomorrow, next week, or next month that BIG goal… until it is the New Year again!
For students as well, a big goal can be daunting. To keep goals realistic and achievable, we have a weekly routine of goal setting, checking in, and reflection in 2A.
We base our goals on a set of independent work habits established at the beginning of the year, and on the SIS ESLRs. For example, last week students had a checklist for our independent work goals (including descriptors such as “get started right away” and “keep my eyes and mind on my own work”). This week, students had a checklist of the four second grade “Global Citizenship” ESLRs listed on our desks.
Periodically throughout the week, I invite students to “check in”. When students check in, they evaluate themselves on how they are doing with their goals. Students mark a smiley face/straight face/ sad face to show how they were doing with a particular goal. I also use this system to mark on students’ goal papers when I see examples (or non-examples) of the target behavior.
At the end of the week, students complete a goal reflection paper, on which they rate themselves on how they did with their goals, using language similar to our report card grading descriptors: exceeds expectations, meets expectations, approaching expectations, and beginning. Students look for areas where they rated themselves below “meets expectations” to help them to set new goals for the following week. This goal reflection paper is sent home on Friday for parents to review, sign, and return on Monday.
Thus a new week begins, with a new set of goals!
Through this process, I see my students becoming comfortable with the process of self-evaluation, the language of reporting and of the ESLRs. Most importantly, they are becoming more self-aware, and therefore more realistic when asked to identify strengths and areas where improvement is needed.
If it works for second graders, it can work for us, too! SIS community, I challenge you to set yourself micro-goals that you can check in on daily to help you work towards those BIG goals of New Year’s Resolutions.
Elementary School Teacher