Part of reading workshop is helping the students evaluate themselves as readers, finding their strengths and weaknesses, and setting goals to address their weaknesses. This student goal setting sheet allows the student to describe their goal in detail, create a plan to meet that goal and reflect on achieving (or abandoning) their goal. I have used this goal sheet with my fourth graders on a monthly basis. At the beginning of the month they set a realistic goal and share it with their reading partner. Their reading partner supports them as they work to achieve their monthly goal. This goal is kept in a place to remind the student of what they are working on. It can be used in individual reading conferences as well as guided reading groups. It also provides the teacher with evidence of progress made. This goal setting allows the student to become more responsible with their own learning. Reaching goals increases their enthusiasm for reading and builds confidence.
Do your students have trouble coming up with reasonable and meaningful goals? Mine often do. My fourth graders frequently choose vague goals such as "I want to be a better reader" or "I want to move up to the next level". Check out my guided reading band bookmarks. Each band of books has specific characteristics. These bookmarks indicate what your students need to be able to do in each band so that they can "become better readers" and "move to the next level". Use these bookmarks to help your students find more specific and attainable goals.