Luckily, another teacher at Pt. England, Ben Baxendine, has already started a similar journey using SOLO based rubrics to enable his students to easily monitor and reflect on their progress. This provided a pathway for my focus, and allowed me to start off at the point he has begun to feel the most successful.
I introduced the rubric to my students first thing this morning, and we spent some time going through each stage (or colour as referred to the levels as a class). Students then spent some time looking at their most recent reading assignment and determining which level they felt they were on.
Once they decided which level they were, the students wrote today's date in the corresponding 'colour box' before posting the rubric on their individual blog. Each student was also asked to write a paragraph or two under their rubric discussing why they were at that level and what they will have to do in order to achieve their level goal for our next assignment.
Here is one example of a student blog post: