First grade students in Michelle Smith’s First Grade Class at Mariposa Elementary each have their individual goal folders. Inside their goal folders are sight words, math concepts (numbers, 3D shapes, etc.) and chunks (digraphs/blends/word families). The students pair up each week to practice their goals and congratulate one another when they reach their goals. Their teacher, Mrs. Smith, checks their goals each week and helps students create new goals for themselves as they achieve each objective. “I’m so proud of you!” Deven Harris tells classmate Abigayle Conner, as she passes her sight words page in her Goal Folder. “The students work very hard to meet and exceed their goals,” says Smith. “They are fueled by the praise they get from their peers and enjoy being an encouragement to others.”