Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Writing Goals

I'm back with another writing post!  I love writing workshop time and this year I wanted to add some new elements to my workshop.  With the new rigor of the CCSS and goal-setting/tracking being a best practice {in my opinion!}, I wanted to develop a way for my first graders to set goals in writing.  I've used little goal-setting half-sheets in the past, but I also wanted to see the goals on a larger scale and have the whole class become accountable for one another's goals.  That being said, I created a writing goals poster.  I was inspired by Zeke's Zoo.  Each quarter, I'll draw names and ask students to tell me one area that'd like to focus on during writing workshop.  I will cut up the sticky notes and write their names on them.  They will place their sticky note on the goal they'd like to set for themselves.  During my conferencing, I will also fill out a paper goal sheet with my students where I can track how they are doing to meet their goal.  Having those will be my paper evidence for conferences, RTI, and parent meetings.  The goal sheets that I am referring to are in my Writing Resource pack shown below, which I recommend for anyone wanting to start writing workshop or anyone that already does writing workshop. On Friday's we will re-visit the goals poster and discuss our progress as a class. If you'd like a copy of the pieces I used for my poster, click here.



I also made some eye spacers.  I've made spacer sticks in the past with pom-poms but I liked the eye ball idea for the play on words: "Eye can put spaces between my words so others can read my writing." Hahaha! Click the cover below to snag it!


xo
Megan


9 comments:

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I love your idea of the children choosing the goal they will focus on. Thank you for sharing.

Mrs. Ibarra said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love it!!! I guess I'll be making some of these :)

Jodi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

"Eye" love the spacers! Thank you!!

Mr. First Grade said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Eye will be making spacers this weekend!! Thanks so much for sharing! I tend to refer to "spaghetti spaces" between letters, and "meatball spaces" between words. Love this little visual cue, though!!

Andrew
Mr. First Grade

Terri Higgason said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

In the past I've used tongue depressors with "spaceman" labels. The kids enjoyed using their spaceman when writing.

Jennifer Ross said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your ideas! And I love your writing pack!

Wystie Edwards said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Megan,
I was getting ready to make my own Writing Goals sign and came across all your fantastic ideas! It's so much fun to meet people with a heart for doing whatever it takes to ensure student engagement and success. I look forward to linking up with you and sharing ideas as well. Please stop by and grab freebies from me. Enjoy your summer!

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Setting goals is the first step in turning the
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The writing goals have almost brought around the better circumstantial ideas for the students and they would further be having good time in this regard.

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