Setting reading goals and monitoring progress in the elementary library

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!

6 thoughts on “Setting reading goals and monitoring progress in the elementary library

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  3. Julie

    LOVE this idea…going to put it into motion with my students. Now to figure which classes…I’m going to keep it small-ish this first year. Thanks!

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  5. Amy B.

    Love this! I did measurable self-selected reading goals as a reading teacher at the middle school level but hadn’t even considered I could do the same thing as a librarian! Thank you!


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