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Learning Targets

Learning Targets

 

Learning targets are student-friendly descriptions—via words, pictures, actions, or some combination of the three—of what you intend students to learn or accomplish in a given lesson.

Checklist for Evaluating Learning Targets - A learning target contains ALL of the following characteristics. It must:
  • Describe exactly what the student is going to learn by the end of today’s lesson.
  • Be stated in developmentally appropriate language that the student can understand.
  • Be framed from the point of view of a student who has not yet mastered the intended learning outcome for today’s lesson.
  • Be connected to and shared through the specific performance of understanding designed by the teacher for today’s lesson (what students will be asked to do, say, make, or write that will deepen student understanding, allow students to assess where they are in relation to the learning target, and provide evidence of mastery).
  • Include student look-fors—descriptive criteria that students can use to judge how close they are to the target, stated in terms that describe mastery of the learning target (not in terms that describe how the students’ performance will be scored or graded).