The Power of Learning Targets Transform Learning in the Classroom. Ken Mattingly Rockcastle County Middle School Stephanie Harmon Rockcastle County High School Representing PIMSER K-12 Outreach. Group Norms. Start and end on time Put cell phones on silent Be respectful of all comments
Rockcastle County Middle School
Rockcastle County High School
Representing PIMSER K-12 Outreach
…and I’m okay with that!
Please stand for the role that best
represents your current position:
Implications of Senate Bill 1
Where have we been?
Where are we going?
Preparing for Day 2
Things I want to remember
How will this impact my classroom/school district?
Questions you have about Learning Targets
Senate Bill 1 defines what it means to be assessment literate and the types of assessments that should be included in instruction. Explain what assessment means from the viewpoint of an administrator, a teacher and a student.
Pair & Share
Targets, Assessments, & Grading
What do I do with targets after I have them?
B.A. – University of Kentucky
M.A. – Eastern Kentucky University
National Certification in Early Adolescent Science
Year One: In the beginning
The Long and Winding Road
Statements of what we want students to learn and be able to do.
Year Two: Implementing Targets
Now We’re Getting Somewhere
Students who can identify what they are learning significantly outscore those who cannot.
Targets as the driving force of instruction.
How can I identify problems before it’s too late?
Into the Grading Abyss
Rockcastle County High School
BS – Cumberland College
MS – Eastern Kentucky University
Rank I – Union College
“If you grade it, then they will do it.”
The grade should be enough motivation to
get the student to complete the work.
Combined Curriculum Document
Classroom Assessment for
Student Learning (CASL)
“Making targets clear to students at the outset of learning is the fundamental underpinning to any assessment for learning practices we will implement.”
Students will classify or make generalizations about elements from data of observed patterns in atomic structure and/or position on the periodic table.
The periodic table is a consequence of the repeating pattern of outermost electrons. DOK 2
I will group elements based on certain properties.
I will determine if a sample is an element, compound or mixture.
I will determine the number of protons, neutrons and electrons in an element.
I will compare/contrast periodic tables ordered by atomic mass vs. atomic number.
Daily Agenda (what the student sees/uses)
I will determine if a sample
is an element, compound or
Review criteria for
element, compound or
- Sorting Samples
- Quick Write: Describe the method you used for sorting the samples into the categories (element, compound, mixture).
URL for Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching & Learning:
Students learn at different rates, in different
ways – research supports this, personal
experience confirms this – why not use it to
the advantage of BOTH the teacher and the
Thinking about your own school experiences
(as both a student and in your current role) . . .
- What do grades represent to you?
- How are grades assigned?
Formative Assessments are just that
Grades are based on summative evidence.
(i.e. I stopped grading homework.)
- more time to provide better feedback on projects and other forms of assessments
- keeping the student involved
Students should be involved in their own learning. Teach them how to evaluate their own progress.
from Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning
There is a difference between praise,
guidance and feedback.
Without a learning target, it is easy to give
guidance but not feedback.
The Learning Target allows us to focus on
- Immediate (timely)
- Opportunity to improve
Providing Remediation Opportunities
Learning is measured in terms of mastering
Learning Targets – not by the letter grade
How did I communicate
the changes in my
Methods of Communication:
Letters to Parents
75% Free & Reduced Lunch
Student-Teacher Ratio of 20 - 1
Beginning our 4th year with CASL . . .
More than just compliance – compliance
doesn’t mean that change will occur.
3things I’ll remember
2 people I’ll tell it to
1 thing I’ll try
Three ideas from our work today:
One thing I would tell a friend about this workshop:
Learning targets are best described as a road map, a recipe book, a lever, or a self-assessment. Pick one and explain
Before today I thought:
Now I think: