Help students define their overall reading goal at the beginning of the year, then support them with mini goals along the way. My first graders usually state their big goal as "get better at reading" or something broad like that. Then while conferring with a student, together you can identify a next step to work on for a bit that is specific to that child's needs, rooted in phonics, fluency, decoding, comprehension, book choice, finding a good-fit spot to read, or whatever the child needs to be successful. Hopefully students will have a collection of these sheets to show their success throughout the school year.
The "Thoughts" section can be used in a variety of ways. If my student is working on long vowel sounds, then we would write some examples in this space. If my student is working on questioning, we would write their question in this space. It's a great space to capitalize on the conference by keeping all your records in one place that is accessible to you and your student.
-->These sheets to be kept with students in their book bags or book boxes. It is easiest to store them in plastic sheet covers, which will hold a year's worth of pages.
-->When conferring with a child and you are ready to set a goal, consider giving the power to the kiddo so they can truly set their own goal. Example: "I notice you XXX. What would you think about working on XXXX? Here, let's practice." Then, "Is that something you'd consider setting as a goal?" Also, consider letting the child write their goal so they truly own it. They love writing their goal with thin markers too, btw. :)