Using Target Setting in the Cuemath classroom
Target setting in the Cuemath classroom has caught on like wildfire in the teacher community ! Some teachers like Garima M’am from Delhi picked up target setting from TLM, some others started using it when stickers were introduced.
And we couldn’t be happier about it. Recent survey shows that 91% of our teachers use target setting in the classroom to keep their students motivated as well as build the students’ ownership of their learning.
Target setting has two components – targets and rewards. While target setting builds ownership, its the rewards which keep the students on their toes with a glimmer in their eyes. Here are some tips to add extra zing to your target setting process:
First things first, get a chart, a board or something else if you are the more creative kinds and put student names on it.
Rewards, rewards, rewards it can be a star, a badge, a smiley, a Cuemath sticker, points, math games, field trips, diary notes .. there is no limit. Anything that children like (and is preferably not a material reward) can be used as a reward.
Works for everyone we have enough evidence to claim that target setting works for students from all age groups. Of course, there will always be some exceptions and you will need to customize your reward system, targets and positioning according to a child’s age but trust us when we say, target setting is foolproof and simple!
Sometime KG kids set some unrealistic targets, then I give them a range. – Shreya Parekh, Mumbai
Vandana Newar from Hyderabad shares, “I can see a great change in students of primary classes. They are making the parents wait for some time also as they want to complete their target.”
Build it up every class, every week, every month – build a layer of escalating (i.e. more exciting and tempting) system of rewards for your students to keep them hooked.
Roopa Savadatti from Bangalore gives students points as rewards, calculates them at the end of the month to identify a *Star of the month* and then the student’s name is displayed in the class for the entire month !
And now, here is the real jewel of this post, the pro tips – all sourced from your own community and hence you can rest assured it works.
- Include accuracy: Nikhil has a famous story. When he introduced target setting in his class, students were very excited (Cuemath universe stickers have that effect on children) and started setting targets of 8-10 sheets every class. It came upon Nikhil to correct these sheets only to find that the students had compromised on quality for quantity. Very quickly, he had to introduce accuracy into the picture which made sure that targets became more realistic, and Nikhil wasn’t drowned in paperwork.
1. Catch them early: New students respond really well to rewards. It helps set the correct expectations with the students that they will need to take ownership of their own learning as well as will have to ensure accuracy. It also helps you understand the student’s pace.
My new student Asad Raza of Grade 1, completed a module assessment and mastered 3 tab skills in a month.I motivated him by rewarding him with Cuemath stickers for completing target and stars and smileys for being punctual and attempting tab skills. He is super-excited for every Cuemath class and does not want to miss even a single class even when he is ill ! – Mahvesh Fatma
2. Reward behaviour and effort: Why should the power of target setting not be used to run a more disciplined and effective classroom? Include adherence to classroom rules or attributes like punctuality and regularity that you want to promote amongst your students. In fact, it can also help you understand behavioural issues of your students which you might otherwise overlook.Read more here about Meenakshi Agarwalla’s smart approach to this.
3. Peer appreciation and collaboration: We want to belong and seen as humans. Children are no different. Create group rituals, team celebrations and clapping patterns as rewards with your target setting to get students excited about workbooks and tab activities. Nothing gets children as excited as working with other children. As humans, it is a need to connect and work with other humans. You can also bring in teamwork to promote both collaboration and competition in your reward system.
Whenever someone achieves the milestone in Tab activity, all students along with that student will Clap together like this. 1-2-123-1-2-123-1-2-123. – Shreya Parekh Shah, Mumbai
4. Growth mindset: Cuemath believes that every child can be great at math and we aim to build a growth mindset amongst children. It is important to identify class dynamics that hinder that and intervene at an appropriate moment. You can use innovative rewards to appreciate each and every student irrespective of their performance on the curriculum.
Sujatha Natarajan shares, I had two extreme sets of students, one set being highly motivated but formed a group to tease others who are not doing well. They tag themselves as PRO or GURU and advise them to learn from GURUs. During class reward ceremony I made a chart “Everyone is trying to succeed and there is always someone better.” Even the non-performers received a banner saying: See you soon in the reward club” presented by the performers thus bridging the gap between the two. The rewards given were the pageant Sash saying superHero, Most creative, Most improved, budding mathematician and so on. The handmade bracelets saying good, awesome etc were presented to some kids.
5. Get the math gym in: A first simple step to improve the results of target setting in your class is to get students to set math gym targets in every class.
My Student name is Aadya Jain. She is in 3rd grade. First time, when she attempted math gym, she had got 36/80. She was not doing math gym consistently. Kids like round sticker more than the square one, so I told my students that they will get that sticker for math gym only. Now, Aadya scored 73/80. – Varsha Jain, Delhi NCR
6. Puzzle cards: Charu Sharma M’am from Delhi shares that using target setting she has been able to rekindle students’ interest in puzzle cards. Yatheesha M’am from Chennai has been able to ensure 100% correct CR cards attempt in just a month of including them in target setting.
Hope these tips will help you in using target setting efficiently in your classroom.
Are you using target setting? If not, what are you waiting for !
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