Learning goals and success criteria are critical pieces of information students need to be successful learners. Students and teachers must hold a common understanding of what is to be learned, and what successful achievement looks like. With explicit goals and criteria, students have the beginnings of what they need to become independent, self-monitoring learners.
Key Questions: 1) How does identifying, sharing, and clarifying learning goals and success criteria lead to a common understanding of what is being learned?
2) How are learning goals and success criteria foundational to improved learning for students? 3) What are the criteria for effective learning goals? 4) How do incremental learning goals scaffold instruction for students? 5) Why is a common understanding of the learning essential to improved learning, student ownership of learning, and independent learning?
Moving Forward: With a colleague examine a unit of study that you teach.
Identify the long‐term learning goal(s) for this unit.
Identify the learning goals for each of the lessons.
"When we invest time up front to build the vision [of what students are to be learning], we gain it back later in increased student motivation and the resulting higher‐quality work." - Chappuis (2009). Seven strategies of assessment for learning.