Learning Targets: Learning Targets

 
 
 
Learning Targets
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Teacher In Action
 
 
 
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Learning Targets

Learning Targets are specific skill goals that align the work we do each day with the long-term goals my students and I have set at the beginning of the year. This strategy is a part of the larger mastery system in place in my self-paced blended learning classroom. By dissecting large skills into smaller Learning Targets, my students are more effectively able to self-assess their progress towards mastery in each of these skills. By emphasizing assessment for learning and achievement at high levels on specific Learning Targets, we take the focus off of assessment for the sole purpose of grading and gradually replace it with student ownership of their learning.

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Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is the learning target log that helps my students with comprehension of the learning targets associated with our thermodynamics unit. My students will self assess over the course of our learning cycle and should continuously evaluate their own proficiency level. These help generate dialogue around how my students can improve their subsequent work.
Student Handout
 
 
After completing activities for a given unit aligned to the established learning targets, my students will take a quantitative exam that is purposefully aligned to those same learning targets as well. By organizing the questions into groups of learning targets, I reinforce the interconnectivity of chemistry standards and highlight how mastery can be demonstrated in exam form.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is the learning target log that helps my students with comprehension of the learning targets associated with our thermodynamics unit. My students will self assess over the course of our learning cycle and should continuously evaluate their own proficiency level. These help generate dialogue around how my students can improve their subsequent work.
Student Handout
 
 
After completing activities for a given unit aligned to the established learning targets, my students will take a quantitative exam that is purposefully aligned to those same learning targets as well. By organizing the questions into groups of learning targets, I reinforce the interconnectivity of chemistry standards and highlight how mastery can be demonstrated in exam form.
Jeff Astor
Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Tenth grade
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