The purpose of this booklet is to introduce goal-setting at the beginning of the school year, then guide students through the process of assessing progress, changing strategies, etc. Learning to work toward stated goals is an important tool for success in school and in life, so I would not prevent students from choosing a goal outside of school if that is what they prefer. This product includes two different title pages, because it can be used for fourth or fifth grade.
At the beginning of the year, students should honestly assess their own talents and weaknesses and choose their own goals by completing the first four pages during the first week of school. Each session with this booklet should definitely be accompanied by class discussion and discussion with peers. The initial pages will also help you learn a lot about your new students. As they decide what goals are important to them, they will also work on the small steps they need to take toward those goals. In November, January, March, and May, students will reassess their goals and their progress by completing a one-page “assessment”.
My suggestion is to work on the books at the beginning of school, then collect them and pass them out each time they are used. (In our Texas school, I would do this on the first Monday of each month, but if you have a different schedule, you may want to make it an end-of-month project; it makes no difference.) After the final page is completed, students can take the booklets home.
Have fun helping your students set goals and measure their progress toward their goals regularly!