The strategy of Student Goal-Setting helps students establish their own challenging, measurable, and attainable goals based on expectations of the AKS and students’ present assessed skill levels. Student Goal-Setting is a foundational strategy that supports short- and long-term learning goals across all instructional practices.
When using Student Goal-Setting, the teacher will model and assist students in establishing specific and appropriate goals based on the AKS. Teachers will offer multiple opportunities for students to monitor, assess, and discuss their progress on meeting their learning goals.
- Create specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound goals to reach an identified learning outcome related to the AKS.
- Turn learning targets into actionable learning goals.
- Analyze their own work to identify misconceptions and errors in order to make progress in their learning goals.
Student Goal-Setting is not merely personal vision-setting (e.g., setting personal goals or career goals). It is a strategy that can help students differentiate their own methods for learning to promote their progress. This strategy is supported through identification of student misconceptions and error analysis.
- Marzano, R.J. (2017). The new art and science of teaching: More than fifty new instructional strategies for student success. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. p. 75-76.
- Information for Accessing Formative Instructional Practices Module 4 (Using Evidence and Feedback to Increase Learning) and Module 5 (Fostering Student Ownership of Learning)
- Online Modules: Formative Instructional Practices Modules 2 “Learning Targets” and Module 5 “Fostering Student Ownership of Learning”
- Video: "Students Unpack a Learning Target" (EL Learning) (4:38)
- Video: "Students Own Their Progress" (EL Learning) (5:01)
The Teacher will…
The Students will…
- continually guide students to set appropriate learning goals and support them in monitoring their progress.
- communicate goals for each lesson using learning targets and provide opportunities during and after the learning for students to reflect on their progress toward mastery of the AKS.
- identify and articulate learning targets for AKS and actively monitor and reflect on their own academic progress in learning the AKS.
- evaluate work to identify misconceptions and errors to progress towards meeting learning goals.
Students will identify vocabulary from a text and develop visuals that represent the meaning of the terms which will be used by collaborative groups to review and help them form a definition. Students will complete a PEOE protocol and self-evaluation of their learning.
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