4.6.c Partner…

…with educators to empower students to use learning data to set their own goals and measure their progress.

Setting goals as a student is a new concept for me. In all my years of schooling, I never had a teacher sit down with me and have me make learning goals for myself. I’m not sure why. I suppose it just wasn’t a concept that had been discovered or introduced into our school. Sure, students probably make small goals for themselves—probably about increasing their grades or reading so many chapters of the assigned book each day. I can see the value in this, though. Students often compare themselves to one another, especially with grades. If students take their learning information and apply it to themselves, it helps eliminate the desire to compare themselves to someone. The only question will be, ”Did you meet or exceed your own goal?”

As a coach, finding and helping teachers utilize any digital tool that can help students’ goals to work towards, is a great way to help students own their learning. One example I think is great is the vocabulary software, Membean (located here). As students progress in increasing their vocabulary words, they can look at the data to see how well they are doing. Here is an example from an actual student:

While the teacher is the one who sets the amount of time the students should train each week, students can see their accuracy, and how close they may be to leveling up. They can also see a few more pieces of information, but the key is that the student is able to look at the data and create their own goals for learning. Over time, students will also be able to see the progression of learning over weeks and months. A great motivation tool while also being a great learning tool!

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