Spark Student Motivation {Class Goal Setting}

It's been a WEEK since I have blogged!  The past week was a busy week for us, every time I turned around we had somewhere to be (soccer, church, meetings, etc.).  Thursday was my middle guy's 5th birthday so we had a great day celebrating his day along with playing with his new fart gun!  {Yep, regretting that purchase.}

I failed to take an updated picture of our "Seuss-perb Data" board yesterday so this will have to do for now.  

To keep my students motivated to meet their Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math Goals I have them set a class goal.  This is the first year I am implementing this and the first week I started it as well. :)  My students AR goals are set based on their STAR reading test and they aren't given the opportunity to give any input.  They do not have ACC Math goals, but are encouraged to do well on their assignments.

To set our class goals I let the class know how many points they currently had, current class comprehension, and current ACC math objectives mastered.  They then shouted out some numbers to represent their weekly goal.  We discussed the importance of setting goals that are achievable, but not too easy at the same time.  We set our goals on Wednesday and they had already eared 75 AR points, 85% AR comprehension, and 181 ACC Math objectives mastered.  They decided to set their goals at 90 AR points, 85% comprehension, and 190 ACC Math objectives mastered.  They then set a goal for the number of students who completed all of their homework for the week, they set the goal of 18 students.

Once we set our goals, Thursday and Friday more students were taking AR test and more where completing their ACC Math assignments.  I did not tell the students what they would receive if they met their class goals, I wanted them to work extra hard this week :)  Yesterday, at the end of the day I announced that they had 105 AR points, 84% comprehension, 219 ACC Math objectives mastered, and exactly 18 students who completed all of their homework for the week!  They met 3/4 of their goals and exceeded two of their goals!  I was so proud of them!

I informed them we would set new goals on Monday for the week and they had the weekend to think about setting those goals.  They were super excited to learn that they each earned $3 for our classroom economy for reaching 3/4 of their goals.

I promise to post an updated picture Monday...Tuesday the latest :)


  1. I like the idea of a class data board! I think that would be very motivating. I remember one year just tracking the number of books each homeroom read for a "Super Bowl" themed reading challenge and the students ate it up! It's amazing what just seeing the data and numbers can do as a motivating piece. It's such a great way to have students set and track goals :) Love it!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this! Love the Suess-perb title!

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  2. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!! Make me think I need to try it with my kiddos!!
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  3. I like that the class is working together to meet a goal. It would make it more motivating to know you were helping your classmates, as well as yourself.

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  4. I love that you are setting class goals, it is motivating and builds a sense of community. Great idea!

  5. How great that everyone is working together as a team to earn their goals. Great idea! I might try this with what we are already doing in A.R. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. I love a class data board! How awesome that they're working together to meet their goals! We have Reading Counts, (we used to have AR), but we've never had the math program-I bet it's super beneficial! Great way to motivate and promote teamwork! Thanks for sharing and linking up Jess!
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  7. I enjoyed reading your post! Thanks so much for sharing, and I will be back to see the pic... :0)

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