Hello everyone!

Well I'm so super excited to be sharing with you today something that has been going on behind the scenes for about a month!  Heaps of TPT seller/bloggers have come together, swapped, trialled, and reviewed each others products.  And now you can read all about them here!  Once you've read all about the product I was so excited to review, make sure you check out everyone elses!

So I was paired up with the AMAZING Jessica from What I have learned.  Check out her TPT store here.
There are so many gems in her store, and I really could spend all day browsing things in there!

What I was SOOOO excited to get, and review for y'all, is this goal setting packet!  It's a gold mine of activities and lesson plans that really and truly can be used for any grade level (with teacher scaffolding of course!)

First up - what's included?!

Well a whole lot of everything!!

First off - my favourite part, this really sharp poster.  I have printed if off smaller and glued a tiny copy to the front of everyone's books to remind them each time they open them.

Then you get lessons plans for each of the 5 areas that have to do with SMART goals.  I've used SMART goals in my class the whole time I've been teaching, and never have I seen such detailed plans!  Love it.

Then you get to the worksheet/learning tasks.  These are simple enough that you can send your upper grade kids off with the sheets to complete independently (with support and instructions from you of course), but detailed and interesting enough that middle schoolers will be focused on them.
I have a VERY needy class, so we haven't gotten through everything yet - but what we have done we've done together.

These are sheets that you cut and sort to say whether they belong in each group.
Then you have definition pages that go through each area guiding the kids to really think about what these words ACTUALLY mean - and find examples of them.  I really like that there is a space to put a NON-example.  Kids really struggle with that!  It's quite a foreign concept to give a wrong answer!
I'm all about the reflection, and these sheets offer up so much!  The last part of the packet is a reflection sheet for the students to reflect on what they have learnt about setting SMART goals.    

How I used it in my class.

First we talked about why we needed to set goals.  My new class were really good at talking about why we come to school and there were some really interesting answers!

Then we worked through the cut and paste activities together as a class.  I'm planning on doing this activity again at the start of next term (After Easter), and I'm going to let the kids do it by themselves.

This was the start of our cut and paste sort.  We started with the given options and added some of our own.  There are a few answers that are America specific so they didn't relate to us here in NZ
After that we set one class goal and are in the process of measuring it against the SMART criteria.  
As you can see we have some next steps.  We aren't completely sure if our goal is too easy or too hard.  And we haven't set up our action plan yet!  We are on our way though!
How do you set goals with your kids?  Maybe you might want to check out Jessica's range of goal setting and data tracking products.  She is sitting on a gold mine!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Check out the other links in our blog hop/product swap!

Hey everyone!  I'm here, on the 6th (well it is in New Zealand at least anyway), and I haven't blogged in AGES!!

I want to give you a classroom tour - But I haven't taken photos yet.  I will do that this coming week!  School started for the year on the 3rd of February here in New Zealand, and today (the 6th) is Waitangi Day, the day we celebrate the start of New Zealand as we know it!  On the 6th February 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, bringing the Maori people, and the British people together (NOT without conflict over the past 175 years though!).

Anyway, I digress.  I'm linking up today with TWO wonderful linky parties.  First up is my February currently!  I thought after 6 days I might as well not bother, but I felt like that would lead to a slippery slide down to not blogging for an entire month!

So without further ado - here is my currently for February!

Listening - I'm SOOOO behind with Parenthood it's almost embarrassing!  Like Nora has just been born behind! But hey that's ok, it just means that I get to carry on watching it well past it's finish date!

Loving - Oh my gosh they are cute!  I have only ever taught the upper grades, through middle school, but I've made the move down to year 3/4 (grades 2/3) and boy is it a change!  Gone are the days where I could set up independent work for the kids to do, and it would last for as long as I needed it to.  Gone are the days where I could say something sarcastic and they it would go over their heads rather than them taking it literally.  Gone are those days.  Now I have tiny hands that hold mine when I'm walking.  I have an autistic (well that's what they are telling me, I think he has fetal alcohol) child who is so cuddly and loves sitting really close to me when I read stories to the class.
I have students bringing me gifts - on my first day one child gave me a beautifully decorated and wrapped zipper.  I think it had fallen off her bag - it was precious!  Then they brought in a baby bird that they found in the playground - not so precious...  And then yesterday I found a giant cucumber on my desk from a kid who had picked it from their garden!  Wow awesome.

Thinking - Argh, I'm like this every year!  I haven't done any planning for a few months over summer, and now I've forgotten how to do it!  I'm sure it will come back to me soon.  Right now I've got writers block.

Wanting - I have a million and one emails to respond to, and write along with the planning from above.  I am just so super grateful that this is a long weekend!

Needing - just motivation for everything...

Pageant title - this was a hard one!  We don't do pageants in New Zealand.  In fact we kind of laugh at the people who do.  That's not why I chose this title though!  I have a reputation of laughing at anything.  If you're a comedian and you weren't sure if something was funny or not - best not to ask me because I'll laugh anyway!

That's my currently for today!  Check out what everyone else had to say over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade with Farley!

And now I'm also going to head on back to The Third Wheel and link up with Mrs D. for her new years resolution report card for February.
The Third Wheel
1. Technically I have saved some... But not as much as my budget told me I should!

2.  I have only just started, so I'm giving myself a middle of the range grade.

3. This is a hard one!  I have read, and LOVED, the whole30 book "It starts with food" and I'm totally keen to do a whole 30.  I'm yet to make it through a whole day, but it will happen.

4. This is an easy one! But if I don't pick it up from where I am now to next month, I think I'll mark my self down!

Until tomorrow, when I have a super exciting post planned!!!!!

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