Let me start by saying - Welcome to Teaching!! The first year was the hardest for me. I'm glad you found your way to my blog! I hope that I can be of some help. Hang in there!
I'm glad you like the goal sheets. I think they are really helpful and I'm constantly revising things as I see fit for my students. You might want to do the same. See what works best for you and your students.
As far as the circles go: We use colored dots to code the levels on our independent books in the classroom libraries. The kids know their colors (as well as their level). We use the Fountas and Pinnell system for leveling books. We figure out each child's reading level by assessing them throughout the year. We use the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project's Assessments. Check out this link if you are interested in finding out more about them.
As long as you have some system in place for assessing your students and finding an independent reading level for them, you're good to go. You can still use the goal sheets to help kids get their goals down on paper. Feel free to revise them to make the work for you!!
Best of luck!
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