I’m going to do a quick revisit on the “S” in our YES Message, Student Targets Aim for Real Success (STARS). When we introduced STARS at the start of last year many parents identified that the setting of academic goals by the children is an important life skill. It is also an important learning experience that is supported by their teachers in negotiating their goals. In the beginning we started with their three reading goals, but have now progressed to goals in our three number one priority areas in the AIP, reading, spelling and number. Every child from prep to Year 10 will have STARS targets that they are aiming to achieve. After a five week period those goals are assessed and reset, with their new goals on one side of their STARS sheet and what they achieved from the previous goals on the other.
What can you do to help at home? I have seen a number of children who have reached their Principal’s Reading Challenge targets and have been able to see what their goals are in their reading logs. Due to the context of the learning in some classes their STARS sheets may go home in a different way. Firstly, if you have not seen a STARS sheet for any of your children for some time, then contact your child/ren’s teacher/s as they should be going home, so you know what their goals are. If you don’t know what your child/ren’s goals are, how do you know how to support them. Secondly, the children need to be able to talk about their goals with someone else besides their teacher. Take the time to get them to explain what their goals are and more importantly what they mean.