Ideas for Using Reading with Independence Goal Setting Bookmarks:
1. Introduce bookmarks as you teach goal setting. The bookmark has a space to put what is going well and a space to write what still needs to be worked on.
2. Students may use the bookmarks during independent reading time. Afterwards, they may share responses with a partner, small or whole group. Consider adding the student data page (copied front to back, several copies) to individual student data binders. This encourages students to reflect on their goals and track their progress.
3. Provide bookmarks to students who may not be reading independently. Writing a short response makes readers more accountable. Collect their responses on the teacher data sheet to track progress and write anecdotal notes.
4. Use bookmarks during guided reading instruction. As students read, they set goal on bookmark, then share with the small group and/or teacher how they have done with their goal. Collect bookmarks at the end of the week and add them to each student’s page of the class data binder, which contains a data page (back and front, at least a couple of pages) for each student. Fill in the date, text, topic/skill, and write anecdotal notes for each student.
5. Provide bookmarks to students who may need additional support at home. The bookmarks are also a simple, effective way for parents to help their children with goals in reading.