Monday, February 2, 2009
Learning targets focus instruction and assessment, and they also focus students and teachers on the knowledge and skills intended for learning. Teachers and students become more successful when they focus on what they are doing. Learning objectives specify what the teacher would like the students to achieve when they have completed an instructional segment. It is important for students to be aware of the learning targets before they accomplish a task. Some learning targets can be extensive and others short sweet. Learning targets help discuss the goals with students, parents, and school administrators. They also allow teachers to talk about what is expected from the students at the end of the lesson. Learning targets are a great way to communicate to students in a clear and concise manner about what they need to achieve. when selecting criteria for learning targets, it is essential to make the clear and specific but not too specific!! Teachers need to identify the key points on focus on them to create a good learning target.