For each course, define skills students should learn. These are typically written as "I can ..." statements.
Standards are often big and complex. Create smaller understandable learning targets that can be instructed.
For each learning target, write a rubric with intermediate steps toward proficiency. Simplify assessment by defining skills that correspond to each level on the grading scale.
Writing learning targets and rubrics helps teachers think about instructional goals and how students learn. This experience often results in better lessons and assessments.
When students understand rubrics, they self-assess and take control of learning. Feedback is better when sharing a common language.
Compare learning targets across courses. Eliminate unnecessary repetition that wastes instruction time. Find gaps that lead to confusion and incomplete cognitive scaffolds.
Coherent curriculum builds upon previously mastered topics. By thoughtfully constructing learning targets within and across grade levels, learning becomes easier and concepts more accessible.
Run reports to analyze coverage of standards by learning targets. Make sure each standard gets appropriate instruction.
Cooperate with other TeacherEase customers. Share learning targets and see how others approach the same content.
Easily get started and build a solid foundation for the future. Review learning target/rubrics when the state implements new standards. Many organizations work on targets and rubrics for about a year.