Teaching Always Actions: Targets!

The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are part of the curriculum and are actions that a teacher must do each day to be successful in creating an engaged classroom where students are learning. Action 2: Targets! Check out Action 1: Procedures here.

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Targets: Show and communicate the learning targets of the day and show how they connect to an essential higher order learning goal.

Students learn when they know what is expected of them. Learning targets communicate expectations to students and help teachers know what they are assessing as students are learning. To help students learn, teachers need to create very clear learning targets and communicate them in ways that students understand what is expected. The Bloom’s Taxonomy Chart provides teachers with the help they need. The verbs in the chart aligned to various mental levels let teachers know what to assess and students know what to learn.

The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are ‘must do’ behaviors in the Student Engagement Framework. These essential teaching practices are aligned with evidence-based recommendations in research (see John Hattie’s research, for example). As teachers, we influence whether or not students choose to be engaged learners and therefore, achieve academic success. Displaying and communicating learning targets help students to learn because the targets help our students know what is expected of them.

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