At Teaching for Change, I strongly believe that students should be a central part of their own decision making and goal setting in the classroom. I have used Accelerated Reader (AR) in the classroom for four years, and those four years have been unsuccessful ones. This year, I decided that something had to change, so I implemented the reading "WIG" system in my classroom. "WIG" is an acronym for Wildly Important Goal.
Four times a year students are given a set of parameters by me based on their reading level and the amount of time I want them to spend reading each night, and they then choose a reading WIG that is feasible and meaningful for them. They also chart their progress towards their on my back bulletin board. So far, the reading WIG concept has been far more successful that the traditional AR system for me. In this document, you receive all four reading WIG documents to help your students goal set in each quarter.