How we make goal setting E-Z

It's so important to have goals as a person, and this is just as true for our students. We are preparing our year 6's for intermediate, and then only two short years later -high school!  The next 2 1/2 years will fly by for them, and if they don't have clear goals set now, school is just going to get harder.
Part of our school PD has been learning about having learning focused relationships. We have worked really hard with our year 6's to get them to reflect on their goals as often as they can.  Sometimes the hardest thing is just remembering what their goals are!  What we have is still a work in progress, but for the past 6 months it has focussed our students in on how to achieve the end of year expectation.

First - start with a new book.  I have a stack of about 3000 "Hello my name is" stickers, so thought it might be fun to put them on the books.

Next - (and this is the hard part) we had to write out all the expectations for each year level (or grade level) for each subject on a piece of paper.  The ones in these photos are specific for end of year 6, so don't have the targets that the kids have to reach earlier in the year, or in previous years.  I do have all the targets for their whole primary education on the wall, as there are some kids who are still working further down.  In their books they just have the targets they are working on.

End of Year 6 (grade 5) Expectations - Not shown are the expectations for earlier in the year.
End of year 6 writing expectations (as taken from Literacy Learning Progressions, and the Reading and Writing Standards - New Zealand)
After that - We have patented (not really) the "Flippy-Uppy-Thing!"  This is a piece of coloured card that is taped to the top of the back cover.  I put tape around each edge to keep it nice.  For the first half of this year we have focussed on writing goals, so we are now ready to add reading.  Writing will be at the back, reading at the front.  I like the idea of one book for literacy, it means less things for the kids to lose, and also I find that we don't always use the whole book, so this means less wastage!

We used colours to show which groups the kids are in, but this didn't work as I changed their groups when I needed to teach a different skill
Now comes the fun part - Set your goals.  I sat down with each student and we chose their next steps together.  It's a great way to check in with your students to see how they are actually going with everything.  It takes a while (Especially with the 48 kids in the E-Z class!) but is so worth it.
We've just started with Reading, so only one goal

We've been working on using the "Flippy-Uppy-Thing!" in writing all year, so lots of goals

Finally - You teach!  While the kids are working their "Flippy-Uppy-Thing!" is out so they can keep track of their own goals as they do their learning.  The kids reflect and record when they think they have achieved the goal, and then conference with me/Mrs Z. and choose a new goal from the sheet!
The "Flippy-Uppy-Thing!" in action
MY next steps with this - I need to record what the kids goals are so that I have a more central place to track their learning.  It is recorded, but if I had it all in my planning folder it would be easier for me to see where I might take the kids next.  It would also be easier for grouping the kids each week.

How do you track your students goals?  Do you have any fun ways of getting the kids to achieve those small goals each week?  


  1. Thanks for emailing this link! I really like the flippy-uppy-thing! :-) It's a clever way to keep track of student goals!


    1. Hey Sarah!!
      No problem, I'm glad it's helped a little bit! I'm just replying to your email now. :)


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