Hi friends! I thought I'd share a few ways that I encourage my students to track their academic progress.
You may have noticed that children tend to approach life, at times, with an "out of sight out of mind mentality". I recognize it because I too am an old pro at this method ;)
In order to keep students accountable, we have charts on our walls. Now, these are not the typical charts we adult are used to. No. They are way more cool....if I do say so myself.
Throughout second grade, students have personal goals and academic goals to meet. Some of their academic ones include addition and subtraction fluency within 20 (mental math). So we do math challenges to complete a set number of problems in 2 minutes. When they meet their challenge they move their photo down the chart as a visual reminder and tracker of where they are and where they need to go. It works the same way with our sight word challenges.
(My two wall charts were made on Vistaprint.com)
We also track our time spent reading. For every 100 minutes the students read on their own at home they earn a bead for their chain. The class goal is to have each student read 1,000 minutes by Christmas. After Christmas we will set a new class goal! There is a complete chain that remind students where they are going. They love seeing it in real time! It also helps me keep up with progress too, and the students do a great job of encouraging and helping each other with their goals!
(Using the side of a filing cabinet. Magnet balls found at walmart, chains online somewhere, beads from Michaels)