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Do you have a goal that you want to achieve?

The students recently wrote posts describing the ways they improved throughout the second nine weeks.  They also chose new goals for the current grading period.  They shared how they hope to accomplish these goals.  They used Inspiration to complete their graphic organizer for their posts. Here are a few exceptional posts.

  • What are your goals?  Please comment and tell us what your goals are for this nine weeks.

You mean, the second nine weeks are over?!

Posted on January 30, 2013 by ariellat

The second semester is over and it is time to make new goals.  I will be talking about the areas I improved in, my new goals for the third semester, and how I am going to reach them.

Last semester, I improved in a lot of different areas.  Mostly, I did better in reading and social studies.  In reading, I got higher grades, and last semester, I read a lot more books.  In social studies, I reached a higher grade, and also because, I listened more carefully, I am more interested in social studies.

My new goals for the third nine weeks are in writing and science.  I am going to reach my goals in writing by doing better with my punctuation, and I am going to read over my work more.  I am going to reach my goal in science by trying my hardest, and not giving up.

These are my goals and how I am going to reach them.  What are your goals for this semester?  Were you assigned to make goals for the third nine weeks?

Thank you, Mrs. Teitelbaum, Ms. Luettchau, Mrs Zavon, and Mrs. Kagan for helping me a lot and even if I was driving you crazy, you still helped me.

Ariella GO.isf

My Goals From The L.N.W.? My Goals From This L.N.W.? Oh!

JAN 2013

Have you ever had a goal?  I have, and I am going to share mine with you.  Well, I am really not the best at math (can you tell Mrs. Zavon?), so that’s why I have a goal that I am going to become much better at math.  (The next little paragraph is what L.N.W. stands for.)

L.N.W. stands for “Last Nine Weeks”  (I might say “L.N.W.” a lot)

My goals for the L.N.W. was to be better at math and I think I got a little bit better at math every year (barely).  So, I believe I achieved my goals.  I don’t remember my exact goals from the L.N.W, just that the main idea was to be better at math like I have been saying.  If you are a kid in school like I am, what was your goals for the L.N.W?

I would like to start quizzing myself and using flash cards.  I would also like to have a review sheet and I would give myself a certain amount of time to do the problems.  It will help me do the problems faster.

When I study my times tables I think I should go over them more than once, this way I will learn them better.  I want to do this a few times a week.  Hopefully this will help me fulfill my goal!

Keep writing, reading, studying, and other things that you can come up with.

I Improved, Have You? by: Elad O

January 28th, 2013

During this nine weeks in school, I learned a lot of stuff, but I mostly  improved my grammar. I improved my grammar by writing more and doing daily fix it’s. I found out that grammar is helpful because you use it when you are writing. Pretend you are writing a post, and you don’t even know what grammar is. People will not able to read  your work clearly and will make fun of you.

I want to improve even more in grammar so that I can write without mistakes. Reading is important to know because it is used everywhere. I want to improve in vocabulary because nobody wants to say to mess  up and say he like food instead of he likes food
I also want to improve in sleeping so I won’t be tired in class. I want to get on the principle list because the principle list means to always get A’s on tests.

I would reach these goals by studying hard, reading  more, get hundreds on tests, and going to sleep earlier. I would need to improve in everything so that I can help people who need help  to improve.  I would go to school and learn about those topics. Sleeping early helps the brain grow bigger, and then people can learn more without forgetting.

My Great Goals! (They are pretty easy though.)

Posted on January 28, 2013 by evanl

Today I am going to talk to you about what I improved in and my goals for the third quarter of school.  First I will say what I improved in.  I improved in reading.  I improved by doubling my AR point goal, when last quarter I barely made my goal.  An AR goal is a reading goal, you read books then take an online quiz on a website.  I got an eighth grade reading level instead of seventh grade.  I also can read books in two days now!

My goals for the third quarter are all about different subjects.  My first goal is to double my AR goal again, but this time it is higher than the last so it will be harder.  I want to double my AR goal because my parents want me to read like my sister and she reads like one-hundred pages an hour.  I also want to get a great grade in handwriting.  My last grade wasn’t so great even though I didn’t fail it was not the best grade. I want a good grade in that because my parents say,” You have to get a great grade not an ok one in handwriting.  I also hope to be able to get an A+ in  math for no reason at all.

I will hopefully reach all these goals.  I will try to get an A+ in math by doing my homework and taking my tests instead of using a test pass or homework pass.  In handwriting I will get a good grade by writing slower and taking my time.  In the AR point situation I will just finish my series and then the points will be finished.  That will be easy because I can finish a book in my series in two days.

Those are my goals and achievements from the second quarter and the third quarter.  I hope that you can help me achieve my goals.  That is all I have to say and I hope you liked my post.

That picture shows my graphic organizer.

I am going to tell you how I improved during the 2nd nine weeks and how I want to improve during these nine weeks.  I think that I improved a lot during these second nine weeks I also think there’s a lot of things I can improve on.  I improved a lot in math.  Now I can do stuff like 2345×9=21,105.  I also improved in science because now I know about Bernoulli’s Principle and many other things. I think I also improved in spelling.  I believe that I also improved in grammar.

I’d like to in a lot of stuff these third nine weeks.  Like I would like  improve in reading a lot by reading every night.  I could also improve in reading by reading books in my level.  I would also like to improve in Hebrew.  I think I could improve in Hebrew by studying more often.

That is what I would like to improve on and what I have improved on.  I really hope I can get better in everything I want to.  What would YOU like to improve on?

Josh G.isf

My Epic Goals

Posted on January 28, 2013 by noahg

I have a goal, do you?  If you do I would like to hear it. These are my epic goals for language arts.  All of my goals include reading. I love reading! I will tell you my epic reading goals right now.

Things that I accomplished in this 2nd nine weeks was reaching my AR goal and reading  two book series. The book series I read was called The Familiars and The Jack Blank series. The Familiars is about animals who have magical powers and they help wizards.The Jack Blank series is about a place called the Imagine Nation and Jack Blank has to save it by killing his future self.

My new goals for this nine weeks are getting more AR points by reading 20 minutes at home so I can read more and so I can finish books faster. My other goals are reading more books and reading bigger books because bigger books give you more points. I really like reading good, thick books.


One of the books I’m reading is the  Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I will accomplish these goals by reading before bedtime.  Its a really good series. I am looking forward to finishing the series. Thank you for reading this. I hope you enjoyed it! !

Orli’s Awesome Goals

PostDateIcon January 28th, 2013 | PostAuthorIcon Author: orlig

Untitled 1Do you want to hear some of my goals and improvements for school? I am doing the goals for both Mrs. Teitelbaum’s class and Mrs. Zavon’s class. My goals include math, social studies and reading. These are only three of my goals. My favorite goal is reading. Reading is really awesome.

I improved the last nine weeks by getting better grades in math. I also went way above my AR goals. I have over 100 AR points. I am have improved my writing because I have a blog. My blog is really awesome. It has a lot of interesting posts like this. I like it when someone comments on my blog and sometimes my friends, like, Emily, comment on my blog.

I would like to improve in math.  My first improvement is that I get better at fractions. Fractions are boring and hard.  Multiplication and division are also hard and boring. I am going to get better at it by practicing.
My improvements in reading are that I take a lot AR tests.  I go way higher than my AR goals and I read faster. My goals in social studies will be that  I learn about Florida history. Did you know that Ponce De Leon founded St. Augustine?

I am going to reach my math goals by practicing everyday on a very, extremely boring website that my mom found for me.  The website gives you an account and you learn adding and subtracting fractions on it. I am going to reach my goals in reading by reading more books. I usually start the day by reading in the car on the way to school. I can reach my goals in social studies by paying very close attention. One time in social studies I also read about the Seminoles. They were a group of Seminoles who fought for freedom.

Sometimes completing your goals could be really fun. I am going to improve starting with reading. I am going to improve my reading by reading more books  and getting more AR points.And I would recommend the Secret Series  if you want to complete your reading goal. Right now I am reading Wonder and the Beyonders.  All of my goals are really exciting. I that you will also try to do the same goals as me.!

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I have been working on creating new types of assessment for the third nine weeks for reading.  I  decided to give the students more choices.  They will each choose three from the chart below to complete during the third nine weeks.  There is a RUBRIC for them to follow for each assignment.  I am hoping that they will produce some QUALITY work.

Reading Requirements for the Third Nine Weeks

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5th Graders in Charge!

I have been working with my fifth graders on language arts’ tutorials for several weeks.  It has taken such a long time, and as it stands now, I only have 5 students that have finished.  The effort is evident, and the levels of understanding are also evident. Since I have had a few finished, I needed to find something worthwhile for them to be working on, while I am assisting those that are not done.  One of our learning specialists came in about a week ago to show the students how we will be posting the finished products on a wiki.  Now, the students that are done, are in charge of the wiki.  They are the ones putting the descriptions on the wiki.  They are embedding the work.  They are creating the QR codes.  It is their wiki, and they are organizing it how they see fit.  The students are teaching the others what to do, and how to do it.  I love that they have taken on this responsibility and have shown ownership of their own site.  Once again, the students have surpassed my technology skills!  Way to go 5th grade!

Here is a link to the wiki.  We still have more to come.  My fourth graders will be doing language arts’ tutorials during the third grading period.



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New Year’s Goals

With each new year, I try to make resolutions and changes to benefit myself, my family, and my students.


For my students, I am always looking for new techniques, apps, lessons, units, etc to try in the classroom.  I am very excited to try a new app this week that one of my colleagues found for me.  It will go perfectly with my “word work” activities.  We are trying it out tomorrow.  I will post some pics to show you the results.  I am also looking forward to working on a poetry unit.  The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been asked by Mike Fisher to illustrate his book of poems.  The students are very excited about this opportunity. I have been researching different types of poetry and have been amazed by all of the resources that are out there.  Our art teacher will be working closely with the students to help the illustrations become beautiful masterpieces for the book.  I am also looking forward to seeing the results of the Language Arts Tutorial Wiki that my 5th graders are putting together.  The tutorials are quite impressive and I look forward to sharing the WIKI with all of you.  I also hope to see some really positive growth from the students after the implementation of the Daily 5 this year.

I look forward to another great year of teaching and trying out new suggestions/ideas.  Happy New Year to all of you!