Learning Targets Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson

ISBN-10: 1416614419

ISBN-13: 9781416614418

Edition: 2012

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In Learning Targets, Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart contend that improving student learning and achievement happens in the immediacy of an individual lesson--what they call "today's lesson"--or it doesn't happen at all. The key to making today's lesson meaningful? Learning targets. Written from students' point of view, a learning target describes a lesson-sized chunk of infor¬mation and skills that students will come to know deeply. Each lesson's learning target connects to the next lesson's target, enabling students to master a coher¬ent series of challenges that ultimately lead to important curricular standards. Drawing from the authors' extensive research and professional learning partner¬ships with classrooms, schools, and school districts, this practical book * Situates learning targets in a theory of action that students, teachers, principals, and central-office administrators can use to unify their efforts to raise student achievement and create a culture of evi¬dence-based, results-oriented practice. * Provides strategies for designing learning targets that promote higher-order thinking and foster student goal setting, self-assessment, and self-regulation. * Explains how to design a strong performance of understand¬ing, an activity that produces evidence of students' prog¬ress toward the learning target. * Shows how to use learning targets to guide summative assessment and grading. Learning Targets also includes reproducible planning forms, a classroom walk-through guide, a lesson-planning process guide, and guides to teacher and student self-assessment. What students are actually doing during today's lesson is both the source of and the yardstick for school improvement efforts. By applying the insights in this book to your own work, you can improve your teaching expertise and dramati¬cally empower all students as stakeholders in their own learning. Includes downloadable Action Tools (to find the download instructions, see the table of contents).
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Should We Pursue Learning Targets?
Learning Targets: A Theory of Action
How to Design Learning Targets
Sharing Learning Targets with Students
Using Learning Targets to Feed Learning Forward
Developing Assessment-Capable Students
Using Learning Targets to Differentiate Instruction
Using Learning Targets to Foster Higher-Order Thinking
Using Learning Targets to Guide Summative Assessment and Grading
A Learning Target Theory of Action and Educational Leadership: Building a Culture of Evidence
Action Tools
Download Instructions
Understanding Learning Targets
Learning Target Classroom Walk-Through Guide
Learning Target Lesson-Planning Process Guide
Teacher Self-Assessment Targets and Look-Fors Guide
Student Self-Assessment and Intentional Learning Guide
No More "Garbage In, Garbage Out": Understanding Connections Among Instruction, Assessment, and Grading
Glossary
References
Index
About the Authors
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