Involving children in discussing, planning and reviewing their targets for learning and behaviour is a key element of Every Child Matters (2003) and the Children's Plan (2007). This new edition of Gillian Shotton's best selling book, has been updated to include new templates for teachers looking to involve children in writing their Individual Education Plan (IEP), as well as the introduction of target sheets applicable for all primary and secondary students. The resource provides a useful tool for helping teachers put some of the Assessment for Learning strategies into practice.
Features of the new edition include:
- IEP templates with brand new illustrations
- Pupil-friendly target sheets to engage learners in the target setting process
- A Pupil Friendly Pastoral Support Programme developed specifically for secondary aged pupils
- An Act of Kindness log to encourage and record positive acts in the classroom
The accompanying CD Rom provides easy-to-use, engaging and fun templates which allow teachers to truly involve pupils in the planning and reviewing process. These resources can either be printed off as resource sheets to be filled in and coloured in by hand, or they can be filled in on-screen.
Helping Pupils See Their Progress
Once the target sheet or the IEP has been written, everyone's motivation will be at a high level, however, it is easy for motivation to tail off unless the pupil has regular feedback on their progress. The short term target sheets are a great way to give this type of feedback on a regular basis (see section on short term pupil friendly target sheets) but this section of the book also contains lots of other ideas for giving the type of helpful feedback that keeps pupils involved in monitoring their progress and so keeps their motivation levels high. Self-Esteem: A Classroom Affair by Michele and Craig Borba (1978) has some great ideas, a few of which ...