When children log in to DoodleMaths, DoodleEnglish or DoodleSpell, they will soon notice an exciting new feature on the homescreen – My Target! A colourful gauge with an arrow will show Doodlers whether they’re on target to earn a certain number of stars each week.
Here at DoodleMaths, we know that children learn best when work is personalised to their individual needs. This is why, in addition to creating personalised work programmes, we can now set unique goals for every child to ensure they are all able to reach their full potential.
Goals are a great way to encourage and focus children on their learning journey. They promote healthy learning habits by encouraging daily Doodling, and most importantly, motivate children to learn independently.
The app will create all children a default target number of stars to earn each week, or you can create your own goal for a child, where our algorithms will suggest targets and calculate a target number of stars.
Default goal: to support regular practice
Doodle will automatically create a personalised goal for each child and suggest a recommended number of stars to earn. This is a number of stars that is achievable when a child Doodles for a few minutes a day.
This feature is perfect for children who are meeting expectations and who use Doodle to practise what they’ve been learning to ensure they are remaining on track.
To see if a child is on target to reach their goal, log in to the Parent or Teacher Dashboard and press On Target (next to Stars). For a more in-depth breakdown of their progress, hover over Analyse and select Analyse Targets.
Select your own goal: to catch-up
For children who may need more support in their learning, parents or teachers can create their own custom goals. These goals can be specific targets, such as working towards meeting the year group’s national curriculum expectations in an area of the curriculum. Some other examples include:
- Meet all of their end of year objectives
- Increase their DoodleMaths age by one year
- Move up from 5-a-day to 6-a-day
Custom goals are a fantastic way to help your child achieve specific aims and, most importantly, increase their confidence in their own abilities.
To create a custom goal, log in to the Parent or Teacher Dashboard and hover over Analyse. Select Analyse Targets, press Edit goal and choose an end date by which the target should be achieved. Suggested goals will then appear; select Save for the target to appear in a child’s app.
Goals are not automatically shared with a child, as this might not always be appropriate. For example, a child might be motivated by the goal ‘move from 6-a-day to 7-a-day’, but they might be disheartened if their goal is to ‘meet all of the year 3 objectives’ if they are in Year 4 or Year 5.
We hope you enjoy My Targets and creating your own goals!
Article by Lucy Hart