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15 February 2019

posted 14 Feb 2019, 17:19 by Carolyn Brett
Each year we set annual goals aka targets in the 3 Rs and other areas that are important for our school. The targets in Reading, Writing and Maths are based on the analysis of the school-wide data from the end of 2018.

As many of you would have heard at the Wrap at the end of last year, we are pretty excited about progress and achievement and find this exercise of target setting motivating, and it's certainly important in keeping the focus and conversations constant. 

In 2019, we have aspirational but hopefully realistic 'stretch' targets in all areas - Reading, Writing and Maths. We also have targets for pockets of children who need to make accelerated progress in order to meet curriculum expectations. Other key areas for tracking progress are in the areas of Wellbeing and Te Ao Māori.

Having very much a whole child philosophy with wellbeing, a key strength means that the word is AND. Yes, it's an AND mentality and not an either or. In fact, when a child has friends, can make mistakes, take risks, contribute, participate, deal with emotions, negotiate and all the rest, there is, in most cases, a correlation with academic achievement as well. It makes sense. And as (dare I quote Martin Seligman 2 weeks running?) says, "Isn't wellbeing a child's birthright?"

Soon you will be asked to book a goal setting meeting for your child and yourselves to meet with the base group teacher. I don't know about you, but I do find setting my own goals quite a challenge. It's not easy. Is it a long term goal? A goal that can be achieved next week? A stretchy goal? A basic goal? A goal that has a clear path? A goal that is ever evolving? As a staff, we attempt to set what's known as SMART (ER) goals with the Exciting and Rewarding being as important as the specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound!

It's not all about working on the 'gap', we also want to set goals around what the children are already good at, something that will stretch them further and motivate. We call these strength goals. The teachers will be doing some work with the children around goals before you meet, but you might like to be having a ponder about this too before you come to the meeting. For us, we will be focussing on the areas we can influence between 8.55am and 3.00pm, but there may be aspects that you can continue with outside of the school boundary! 

Who wants a classroom with walls anyway!!
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