Sometimes you take the time to make something that looks good, but when it's all said and done you don't use it. Well, that's not the case with these posters. The "writing goals" poster is a great reminder for me and helps me coach children on the specific areas that they need to work on. When we're reading their story together I can see if they are meeting their goal. The students are using it as well reminding themselves of their focus. If I notice there is another area they need to work on I ask the student to move their name to that area.
My students have improved the quality of their writing with this poster. Before they begin to write we talk about what "rating" they want to get. Sometimes their picture is a "4" but their writing is a "2." I think I've seen some of the best quality in the last couple weeks.
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