Today I’m super excited to walk you through one of my favourite products – my Writing Goals! I’m going to show you how I personally use them with my students, as well as showing you some real-life examples of other teachers who are finding this a valuable resource in their classroom.
My Writing Goals are a resource I am so passionate about because not only do they give students a great indication of how they’re progressing, they also give you as a teacher DAILY feedback that you are doing what you set out to do: help your students learn!!
Displaying Writing Goal posters
I decided to introduce my individual Writing Goals to my Grade 1 students at the beginning of Term 2. I find this is a good time to introduce more in-depth goal-setting because students are feeling more settled, and are ready to move into some real nitty gritty WRITING!
Pictured below is my Writing Goals display. I decided to only display a few goals at a time (the ones most relevant to my class). I didn’t want to overwhelm my students, and I also have limited wall space. I placed my students’ names next to their corresponding writing goal.
The display is nice and large so they can clearly see it from their seats and know what they need to be focusing on. I used my pencil name tags for this display (find the free template here).
For now, I have chosen the student’s goals for them, based on their current writing abilities and writing behaviours. Once my students get the hang of it and I see them achieving their goals, I will open it up to them to begin deciding what they would like to work on (with a little guidance from myself of course!)
I do believe it’s good for the children to have some ownership over their own learning but this will come once they are aware of what ‘good writers do’. Not all children will move as frequently as others. Some might be working on the same goal for while whilst others will move around quite quickly, once I see they are consistently achieving their goal.
Once you get in the rhythm of using the Writing Goal posters, it’s a great way for the students to know exactly which goal they’re working towards, and everyone is aware of it at all times. Plus – you won’t get those dreaded blank looks when you ask a student what their writing goal is! Lol!
You’ll find my Writing Goals Poster Pack here.
In this pack there are 34 various writing goals that will cater for all writing abilities in a Foundation/Kindergarten class all the way up to Year 3/4. Just choose the ones that apply to your students.
Using Goal Slips
In conjunction with these Writing Goal posters, I use smaller, Writing Goal Slips which I staple into my students’ writing books.
There is nothing that makes your students feel strong as learners than ticking off their Goal Slip once they’ve achieved it, and then receiving their next one!
These Goal Slips are one of my most popular products for that very reason. Seeing your children advance through their goals throughout the year… it really is the best feeling ever. And it strengthens your self-confidence that you are nailing your teaching!
The Goal Slips currently come in Reading, Writing, Personal goals, and Maths.
These can be stapled into individual’s books, or can be stuck onto the Learning Goal mat, which can be put straight onto the student’s desk so their goals are always in plain sight!
You can also have a dedicated Goals Book for students to record all their goals. This is such a great way for students to have all their writing goals in one place, plus it’s a nice thing for them to share at Parent-Teacher Interviews, or even take home to show their parents.
My Writing Goals Bundle pack includes all of these resources – the Goals Posters, Goal Slips and Writing Goals booklet. Check it out here! >>
If you’re wanting to do goal-setting in all areas of your classroom, the Goals Mega Bundle is made for you! Find it here >>
Resources in the classroom
Here are some of the ways my Goal-Setting resources have been used in various classrooms of the Miss Jacobs’ Little Learners community…