These are the cards that are hanging along with the student's portraits. I laminated them so that they could be reused. For the first couple of months (August/September), we focused on introducing the parts of "FACE" and building confidence.
We are at the point now that we have mini-lessons periodically to review each of the components. Also each six weeks, my students decide which skill they want to focus on: fluency, accuracy, comprehension, or expanding vocabulary. The tiny sticky notes have student names on them. I conference with them during guided reading, independent reading time, and Daily 5 to check on progress and monitor growth. I have really seen my first graders take a lot of ownership this year.
I love how they hold each other accountable for their goals as they work together. This is the first year that I've done this, and I'm constantly thinking about how to improve for next year. If you use "FACE or CAFE," I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Also I'm counting down the days until I head to San Antonio for a workshop with "The Sisters." I have heard wonderful reports about their seminars, and I plan to soak in all of their knowledge, tips, and tricks!