Big Ideas, Learning Goals and Success Criteria Thinking Ahead for our December 7th Dolson Staff Meeting

Professional Learning Goals:

Deepen our understanding of assessment for learning practices and how they might impact the decisions we make to support improvement in student learning.

Use the AFL practices of developing Learning Goals and Success Criteria to provide opportunities for learning destinations, descriptive feedback to support student learning and anchors for improved achievement

Using this continuum, consider how Assesment for Learning Benefits teachers and students,
LEARNING GOALS are brief statements that describe for a student what he or she should know and be able to do by the end of a period of instruction (e.g., a lesson, series of lessons or subtask). The GOALS REPRESENT SUBSETS OR CLUSTERS OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS that the student must master to successfully achieve the overall curriculum expectations. Growing Success p. 148

Making sense of the curriculum by clustering specific expectations that link to Big Ideas in math is the starting point...

Click on the Link to Marian Small's List of Big Ideas in Math K-8


Determine the knowledge and skills from specific expectations that link to the Overall expectations and Big Idea...

The WHY behind using Learning Goals...


Preparation - For the staff meeting please come prepared with the following:

  • Determine the Big Idea for an upcoming inquiry (Grade level teachers are asked to focus on numeracy).
  • Consider the expectations that will be learned

During the staff meeting teachers will have the opportunity to plan the following:

  • Choose an open problem/task that aligns with the big idea
  • Create the Learning Goal for the task
  • Determine the Success Criteria for the task
  • Discuss how to develop the Success Criteria with the students (I.e., anchors, student samples etc. )
  • Plan out the 3 part lesson
  • Take the lesson back to the classroom

January's Staff Meeting:

  • Teacher moderation of the planned task will take place using the success criteria
"Students can assess themselves only when they have a sufficiently clear picture of the targets their learning is meant to attain." Black and William


Created with images by adihrespati - "Ideas never run out" • theogeo - "cluster" • Freeimages9 - "target goal aiming"

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