Heading back to my posts about back to school activities and today here is a new one! Writing goals is important to do at any age – notice the writing part? That’s because we are more likely to stick to something if we record it – it’s like a visual reminder – and we are far less likely to procrastinate about following through!
There are many interesting ideas out there for writing goals for 2016 and here is the first of two goal recorders.
It’s a Wheel!
Yes, that’s right – it turns! Students love when they can interact with their work and this is a special way to record, display and revisit periodically throughout the year. In addition, if your school requires Portfolio pieces – then you can pop this one in at the end of the year with a reflection about whether the student was able to be success in their goals.
Now, on to the good stuff!
This pack includes 3 boy and 3 girl versions (I made sure there was a kid with glasses in both (I wear glasses and always had to draw them on!). All sheets are blackline (no colour) so you save on printing.
|Goal sheet (left) and Cover sheet (right)|
Each student will need 2 sheets
* the cover sheet with the kid of their choice
* the goal recording sheet.
If you teach grade 2 and up then I would print onto standard paper. Grade 1 and below I would be tempted to print onto cartridge paper – it doesn’t tear as easily.
Before letting the students loose
A very important point to remember is to go through with your class HOW to fill in the goal recording sheet. I know, it should be obvious but I never cease to be amazed by those students who (even after going through this part) will write in the boxes the wrong way!
Note: I make it clear to the students they do not get a second sheet if they stuff-it-up (make a mistake). It is their responsibility to listen to the instructions and ask questions if they are unsure. If they stuff-it-up then they need to fix it. Make them accountable and responsible.
The best way to go through this sheet is to have a sheet (enlarged to A3 is ideal so they can all see what you are talking about) and write in one goal and then turn the page. By turning they will always write in the boxes correctly – very important.
Note: I do not recommend demonstrating on a whiteboard or interactive board for the simple reason you can’t “turn” the page – unless you are more tech-savvy than me and know a way to do it. Sometimes the “old-fashioned” way is easiest to understand!
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They’re loose; now what?
Once all four goals are recorded they can move onto the cover sheet. You will notice both examples have a multi-colour look. This is one of a few chosen activities I do throughout the year where I pull out my special collection of Smiggle rainbow pencils. They sell two types, both with 4 colours. My students have always gone gaga for them and they know it must be a special lesson if I get them out of the cupboard. I have enough for one per student – I purchased my set of 30 three years ago and I still have the same set on the go – it is a worthwhile investment at A$2.95 each.
Note: You may be tempted to go for cheaper pencils – I tried the ones available where I live but found they constantly broke and were dreadful to sharpen (and that’s when I used them) – use your judgement – or try one before you buy a set!
The cover sheet they do the same and then they need to cut out the shaded part. The easiest way to do this is to gently fold it in half and snip write over where it says “cut out”.
It is really important that ALL cutting is done by the STUDENT. I have watched a horrifying trend over the past 10 years of teachers cutting out every….single….piece – DON’T DO IT! Cutting neatly is a skill that needs practising – yes, some will end up looking like it was attacked by a polar bear, then trampled by an elephant, before a goat nibbled around it – that’s fine – it shows where the student is at right at that moment. Plus, I love the reaction of the students at the end of the year when they look at their work and can say “Wow, I really got better at cutting!”.
And now for the final tiny part
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at Lincraft online
You could use split pins – if you can get a small enough size. Where I live the smallest is 13mm and that would look huge on the face so instead I recommend heading to your local craft store (some cheap store also stock them) for mini-brads. They are used primarily for scrapbooking but as very inconspicuous so they are perfect for this activity.
These were purchased from Lincraft for about the A$4.50 mark. I chose white (as the choice was either white or silver) and it has worked well. They don’t appear to sell them online though at the moment.
Anyway, they push through standard paper fairly easily but make sure students do it one piece at a time – otherwise there is a high chance they will pierce the goal sheet in the wrong spot and the wheel won’t line up.
All done – time to relax! Why?
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