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Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding

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in Today's Lesson
Connie M. Moss & Susan M. Brookhart
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“The most effective teaching and the most meaningful student learning happens when teachers design the right learning target for today’s lesson and use it along with their students to aim for and assess understanding.” This is the theory of action upon which Connie Moss and Susan Brookhart base their new book, Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today’s Lesson. Through this publication, the authors share the basis and implications of their theory with fellow teachers and offer guidance on how to design learning targets that comprise a coherent series of learning challenges to help students move toward overarching understanding and curricular goals.

Moss and Brookhart provide a clear and compelling explanation of the learning targets theory of action and the benefit teachers and schools can expect to derive from implementing it. They explain that learning targets are effective because they are shared with students—through showing, telling and engaging students in performance of understanding. Once students know what the target is, they can use it to aim for understanding. Shared learning targets allow teachers to observe what students are actually doing, collect evidence of progress toward the target, and make decisions about further learning on the basis of this evidence and in conjunction with students.

Readers of this book will learn how to:

  • Design strong performance of understanding measures to obtain evidence of learning;
  • Help students understand how to set mastery goals, produce quality work, and monitor their own learning progress;
  • Customize success criteria and performance of understanding according to diverse student needs;
  • Incorporate formative assessment that sets students up for success;
  • Connect broad, reportable goals with narrower, daily goals (summative assessment).

While Learning Targets is especially useful as a practical guide for teachers, it is also recommended reading for principals and central office administrators. When these and other stakeholders, along with teachers and students, embrace learning targets as a theory of action, efforts to raise student achievement are unified and a culture of evidence-based, results-oriented practice is created.

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