Teacher Review for Goalbook Toolkit

Lacks student ownership of the goal.

Chip M.
Classroom teacher
Novi Meadows School (Novi, MI)
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Within my classroom my students set goals so they can have a focus on what they need to work. Having the student set goals for their learning allows them to take ownership of their learning. Goalbook is a tool to take what I've done with student goal setting from paper and pencil to an electronic version! Goalbook does a great job of giving teachers specific common core goals and behavioral goals that a student can work on. Goalbook also gives teachers tons of strategies to use with students to help them achieve their goal. It also allows you to share your goal with all shareholders in the students education. One of the biggest draw backs to Goalbook is the lack of student ownership.
My Take
Goalbook is a great tool to use if you would like an easy way to set up IEP goals for special education or goals within your classroom for your students. I like how you can share a link with parents so they can see how their child is doing and what they are working on. One disappointment with the site is lack of student interaction. I really try to push student ownership of their goals and I feel that it would be more meaningful to the student if they had an interface that they could use to track and monitor their own progress. This site would dynamic if it had a student interface! Overall if you are looking for a place that you can track student progress on a goal and get specific strategies to improve student learning this is a site for you. However, if you are looking to have it be a student driven goal setting site you will be disappointed. Also, it cost $32.95 a month to have a membership, which is a pretty big chunk of change for something that isn't student driven.