I have been wanting to implement Learning Targets in my classroom for sometime now and this past week I finally got rolling with them!
I was a little nervous about implementing them but the positive feedback from my principal helped to build my confidence!
I started my learning journey about Learning Targets by reading the book by Connie Moss. It made sense to me that if students knew what they were trying to understand in a lesson that then they would be more engaged and take more ownership in their own learning. From there I watched a FREE Webinar on the book provided by ASCD. It helped to hear the author describe how to use Learning Targets with your students.
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I want to give some credit to the teachers whose signs I used to make my board! I got the Superhero Target sign from Stephanie at Primary Possiblities blog as a FREEBIE! I got the Learning Target sign as a FREEBIE from Stephanie @ 3rdGradeThoughts.
Next, I wanted to have more tangible evidence of using Learning Targets with my students and how they were using them too. I was going to create an
exit ticket type assessment but luckily I found something from The Creative Classroom on Teachers Pay Teachers!
I recently used these with my Math class. After our Math Huddle and mini-lesson I checked in with students by using these "I Can Exit Tickets". I was pretty please with how the students took to them and how they seemed to reflect on their Learning Target. I am still thinking of other ways to use them too...like maybe a pre/post reflection of their learning!
I am an avid Pinner and have started a great board on Learning Targets.
Check it out for more info!
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My next steps are to make more visible the "Look Fors" students should be able to use during a lesson to see if they are on track for hitting a target in a given lesson!
If you have had success with using Learning Targets and have great tips on implementation,
I would love for you to share!