The Importance of Students Setting Their Own Math Goals: Part 2

Posted on January 5, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Differentiated Instruction, Graphic Organizers, Math Conferences, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , |

Happy New Year!

Hello Everyone.  Happy New Year! I wish you all an abundance of rich mathematical experiences this year.  What are your math goals?  What do you want to do as an educator?  What do you want your students to be able to do?  I am currently doing some research on student goal setting and how it looks across the grade levels.  Please write in and tell me what you do in terms of setting math goals with your students.

One thing I have been doing is having students reflect on their math tests!  This can be done individually, in small guided math groups or the whole class could be filling out the form at the same time. This has been so amazing.  I have developed a few forms but the gist goes like this:

  1. Take a look at your math test.  What’s the first thing you think?  How did you do overall?
  2. What was easy?
  3. What was difficult?
  4. What do you still need help with?
  5. What is your plan to learn the concepts you need to work on?


Here are some sites I have found interesting in terms of students setting goals:

Student Goal Setting Templates:

2 of my favorites from the link above:

Another good template:

Have your students set math goals online:

Scroll Down to Goal Setting: I especially like the mini-goal template and the secrets of goal setting poster…

Cedar Rapids Schools students at work setting goals:

Great Article

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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2 Responses to “The Importance of Students Setting Their Own Math Goals: Part 2”

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Hi Dr. Nicki,
The websites you posted are useful tools for how to get started with goal-setting with students. Thanks for asking educators to reflect on our practice and set goals. I find that you “keep your eye on the prize” when there is an attainable and focused goal you would like to achieve. This is the second year that my school is setting goals with students (both academic and social). I am going to make the suggestion and display the goals in different ways. Actually, the 5th grade teachers have posted goals with designated time and percentage for the class to achieve. I like it.
Great resources.

Wow. Just stumbled on your blog doing an internet search. Your blog is brilliant and one I will be recommending to all I come in contact with.
Marion Assagaier
Mathematics Consultant
New South Wales

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