Writing good learning targets is an important skill that teachers must practice in order to master. In the following article, Susan Brookhart and Connie Moss write about the importance of good learning targets. Brookhart and Moss assert that effective learning targets will:
- Describe exactly what students will learn by the end of a day’s lesson.
- Use language students can understand.
- Be stated from the point of view of a student who has yet to master the knowledge or skill being taught.
- Contain a performance of understanding that translates the description into action – what students will do, make, say, or write during the lesson.
- Include student look-fors or criteria for success in terms that describe mastery of the learning target, not a score or grade.
Please take the time to read the article that was published in the Educational Leadership journal, October, 2014. I hope you enjoy the article.