Welcome back – Week #4!
This week we are working on interpreting and establishing goals for students. I am one to always set goals FOR students, but I can’t say that I have been great about setting goals WITH students. So as I was reading this week’s chapter, I was excited to think about how I could make this work with firsties!
First, Jennifer suggests that you look through the data you analyzed – looking through strengths and weaknesses – to find places for growth that are the same across the assessments. Finding a place for growth that could effect reading and writing. She also talks about and 80/20 strategy. What goal would provide 80% of the difference with one goal?
She uses this sentence stem to help you articulate the goal
I think ________ could learn (reading goal) and (writing goal) because in reading I noticed _____ and in writing I noticed_______.
Here comes the part that will be tricky for me – goal setting with the student. I am all about working with a student to come up with a goal, but I think it is going to be VERY challenging to have the goal be articulated by my firsties.
One thing I do REALLY like about her conference is that she leaves the student with a post-it with a note about what he or she will be working on (either in words or in pictures) to help remind the student what he or she is working on. I also plan on setting some dates with kiddos when I meet with them to keep us both accountable!
We have another great giveaway this week – More WINNER”s CHOICE items – I LOVE to shop, so hopefully you do too and will enter!
Then, don’t forget to read all of the other bloggers thoughts about this week’s chapter.
Finally, come back next week when we start to make an action plan. I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting for this chapter!!