Just a quick post to share the goals worksheets I made for my students. In the past, I've always used the return to school to focus on goal-making. We've discussed the tradition of making resolutions for the new year and talked about taking our goals a step further to outline what we need to do to meet them. I love reading my students' goals and I've never set parameters around them so it's always interesting to find out what they what to achieve--from becoming a better ballet dancer to learning an instrument, to reading chapter books.
Ever since we started following the Charlotte Danielson Framework in our school district, I feel I've had to hone in more on connecting everything to academics. While I understand the importance of academics (of course), I also love teaching kindergarten because I have felt more ability to focus on the child as a whole. As each year passes, I feel like the concept of nurturing the child as a whole is getting more and more squeezed out of my schedule to make room for more minutes of academic instruction time. It saddens me.
But, I digress. What I have decided to do this year, in the spirit of connecting my lessons to the core subjects I am charged to teach, and in the spirit of being considered 'Innovative' per the framework we use, I am going to focus my students on creating goals in relation to the core subjects. I only teach Literacy and Social Studies this year, so I created them for Reading and Writing, but I also plan to teach other subjects again next year so I also created one for Math for use in the future. I think you could go on to create them for Science, Social Studies, behavior, etc. but that's more of a summer goal for me.
I wish I could take full credit for these but I can't. I first saw these on Melissa Clancy's site, http://joyfullearninginkc.blogspot.com/. What? I'm not obsessed. I just love her ideas!! (Okay, maybe I'm a little obsessed with her ideas). She created a version for these three subjects and I used them as a template to create my own. Her originals are free to download here. My version is free to download here. And, if you want to download a modifiable version in .doc to meet your curriculum/teaching points more specifically, I have a $2 version available here.
School tomorrow is making me feel nervous! Getting into the swing of things is going to be a huge challenge. Good luck to all those in the same boat!