Set a Reading Goal with Students
One of the great things about reading is that it is never too late to make a new goal about what you want to read. In 2012 there are ample opportunities to take charge of your reading habits and start anew. Teaching students that they can always set reading goals is important to their continued enthusiasm for picking up a book instead of a video game remote. Whether it is in conjunction with Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Leap Day, or the end of a marking period, students can set goals to read a certain number of books, or a certain type of book, before the date they designate arrives. Use the teaching tips and tricks below to help you get them started.
Big Goals, Little Goals, Every Goal Counts
For your voracious readers, reading 10 books before Valentine’s Day might be an easily attainable goal. For those developing readers, however, 10 books might be a goal for 10 months! When goal setting with students, it is important to validate that every goal that they set is important if it challenges them to achieve more. This can easily lead into a discussion about focusing on goals, not making goals that are so easy they are not even a challenge, and personal growth. Reading goals that match students’ individual reading abilities should challenge them, but also be attainable.
The ways to track students’ progress to their goals is limitless. Place heart stickers on a cut-out heart if the goal is near Valentine’s Day. Fill in lines of a Dr. Seuss hat for a Read Across America goal. Color in the segments of a beach ball for a year-end reading goal. Use a 100 grid for a goal to read 100 books during the school year or before the 100th Day of School. No matter how you and your students track the books they read, make it fun, colorful, and exciting.
Celebrate your students’ success and make a fuss over the completion of their goals. Your encouragement and their achievement will make their love for reading flourish. How do you encourage your students to challenge themselves in reading? Share your ideas and tips below.