One thing I have found with my students, is that they each have their own little things they need to work on! ...and if you don't remind them all the time to focus on these in their writing (using capital letters, finger spaces...) they forget!
I created these student goals cards to be laminated and blue-tacked to student's desks. Each week, I wrote new goals for each of my students in whiteboard marker on the card. Each student only had one or two goals, so that they could focus on their goals more easily. Having them written in front of them helped them to achieve these goals each week. After the first few weeks of showing students how to choose goals (by looking through recent work, modelling the thinking process of 'how can I improve my writing/spelling/vocabulary etc'), students then began to choose their own goals. On a Friday afternoon, they would write an entry in their diary books, reflecting on how well they achieved their goals for the week, and choosing new goals for the next week. If they felt they had not yet completed their goal/s, they were allowed to continue this into the next week. I then came around and wrote each student's new goals on their cards.
I found that the students loved having their own goals to work on, and it really motivated them. It also helped them to self-reflect and grow as learners. I found that even my low students really liked having a goal, and loved the feeling of achieving that goal and starting a new one.
In this download, you get:
Individual goals cards (black and white) - print on coloured paper and laminate. There are a few different types, depending on what you want (blank - for you to write/type names on, some with a space for names for students to write their own names on, and some that say 'my goals').
You also receive a page with a list of ideas for different goals for students. These are just some that I have used in the past. Goals can be anything that the student needs to work on.
Goals could be small, and reflected on weekly, or larger, and reflected on fortnightly, monthly or each term.