Goal-setting. Follow-through. Progress. Growth.
As we rang in a new year, I’ve been thinking of these words and how they relate to my life as a teacher-librarian. Thanks to our new TPEP evaluation model, which requires teachers to show student growth related to measurable goals, ideas have been swirling. With hundreds of students, how could I make goal-setting work without a huge increase in workload / paper management?
The two-part answer: Readolutions and stickers.
Let me explain.
Last week, my 2nd and 4th students were presented a mini-lesson on Readolutions. We talked about how a Readolution should be specific and measurable as well as attainable but challenging (phew!). I explained that this wasn’t a one-month project, either – they’d be monitoring progress from Jan – June (see below). Many samples were given – both good and bad – and students were sent off to create their own Readolution before this week’s library class. Emails were sent to all families, describing the year-long Readolution concept.
As each student brings back his/her Readolution this week, it will be typed on an address label. Yes, it’s work – but one-time work with zero papers. Win! Individual Readolution stickers will be placed on pre-existing barcode passes that students use to check-out. Also going on the pass: a sticker printed with a checklist of dates. Each week, students can quickly monitor progress toward the stated reading goal with a quick circle of YES / Working on it / NO. Again, no papers to keep track of and minimal, weekly work for each student – both big wins!
Classroom teachers are THRILLED that students will have a self-selected goal to monitor as the year progresses. Monitoring how students are doing is simple: check the library passes every few weeks. If/when dishonesty occurs, both the classroom teacher and I will address the situation. If needed, students can always rewrite the Readolution to make it more appropriate / achievable. Here’s to a year full of reading growth!