Using The Seven Habits To Read At Home For Read To Feed
The Read to Feed challenge at Mukilteo Elementary School is an excellent opportunity to read at home with your child and practice the Seven Habits.
Reading, and understanding what you read, is a skill that everyone needs to be successful. The best way to improve understanding is to read a lot. There is nothing like a challenging book to lift you up or take you to another world. Developing a love of reading will be an asset to your child in all areas of school and give him/her a jumpstart to a lifetime of reading!
Involving your child in goal setting yields powerful results! We see students as young as five or six years old setting and achieving goals in literacy, math, attendance, behavior, and leadership every day at Mukilteo Elementary School.
Once a student sets a goal with his or her teacher, or with you at home, the essential question becomes “What will it take to achieve that goal?”
In Leader in Me Schools, we teach students to set “Wildly Important Goals,” or WIGs. WIGs are the vital few goals that must be accomplished to be successful. Another way to think about the “G” in WIG is a gap. “In what area is there a gap between where I am now and where I need to be?” That’s where a WIG would be created.
A WIG is expressed in a statement that is specific, measurable, and time-bound. For example, “Read two chapter books from the beginning to the end by December 15.” Having a specific goal helps students see where they need to be and by when.
After a WIG is identified and written, students often don’t know where to begin. Breaking a large goal into actionable steps relieves this confusion. We called those actionable steps lead measures.
In the education world, we have formative, interim, and summative assessments. WIGs can be compared to summative assessments. They measure performance after the fact. Lead measures are like interim assessments. They help a student assess progress toward the WIG and make course corrections, if necessary.
A potential lead measure for the WIG concerning reading is “Read from my book at home for 20 minutes, five days a week.” This measure would be tracked daily to see if progress is being made by your child, and shared with you.
Focusing on the lead measures will help your student stay on track to achieve the overall reading goal and evaluate progress along the way. It is important to build lead measures that are predictive--something that leads to the goal, and influenciable--something that we can influence.
To develop lead measures, use the following guidelines.
- Help your child identify the critical steps or strategies that will lead to achievement of their WIG. For example, when setting the reading goal, create a "lead measure pick list" with 10-20 possible strategies a student might choose from.
- Help your child select the two or three most leveraged strategies or actions that will lead to achievement of their WIG.
- Have your child think through when and where they will act on their lead measures/strategies.
- Assist your child in identifying and acquiring any resources they may need to implement their lead measure/strategies (e.g., books, reading area, timer, etc.).
Children can sometimes be unsure how to achieve a long-term goal. When these goals are broken into small steps based on lead measures, it helps them see their progress along the way and ensure success in the long run.