For each course, define the skills students should learn. These are typically written as "I can ..." statements using language understandable to students.
Standards are often big and complex. Create smaller learning targets that can be individually instructed by unpacking standards. This makes standards operational in the classroom.
Writing learning targets has professional development value. It helps teachers think deeply about how students learn. This experience often results in better instruction and assessment.
Teachers can learn from each other by viewing learning targets. They can see how other educators unpacked the same standards and organized their targets. This cross-pollination helps teachers develop professionally.
As teachers browse others’ targets, they can also copy them. They can benefit from others’ experience.
Transitioning to standards-based learning is often a team effort. TeacherEase provides a platform for committees to work together and optimize targets for the entire organization.
Cooperate with other TeacherEase customers. Share learning targets and see how others approach the same content.
By writing understandable learning targets, students have a framework to process feedback, engage in learning, and take ownership.
When students understand the targets, it provides a framework to receive feedback. Educators can have richer conversations with students about their knowledge and areas of improvement.
Thoughtfully write learning targets within and across grade levels to construct coherent curriculum that builds upon previously mastered topics. Eliminate unnecessary repetition that wastes instruction time. Find gaps that lead to confusion and incomplete cognitive scaffolds.
After writing learning targets, educators and committees can continue onto rubrics, assessments, instructional content, etc. The learning targets are just the first step, and can be expanded upon.