“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” - Henry Ford
I think the idea I need to revisit most in my classroom is student goal folders. I did invididual goal folders with a few of my students and saw their engagement, but thought it was too much at the time for all students. I kept data on goals, especially in relation to their IEPs, but did not involve them directly enough.
This year I my goal is to make goal folders for each student in relation to their IEP goals and allow them to monitor progress as we graph together achievment towards goals. I will also be having paraprofessionals in the classroom and teachers give feedback on goals via Google Forms so it can be timely and meaningful.
I think having my students familiar with their IEP goals and comfortable with graphing their progress well help to engage students and to motivate them to have high expectations for themselves.
I am hoping with the time I have this summer to really get the goal folders and Google forms ready to go from the beginning of the year.