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My principal is requiring all teachers to post learning targets.

But I teach language arts where there are so many standards are covered in a single lesson ~ we don't really focus on discrete, sequential skills. In math, students can practice a single skill by doing many problems until they develop a sense of mastery. In language arts, however, that won't work.

In math, I imagine that students might do a whole set of problems on one or two skills. For language arts, though, if I have students read a selection and answer a question on setting, then in order to continue working with setting, they would have to read another selection. If I want them to have thorough practice with this skill, like in math, I'd have to have them read 20 selections. So, instead, I will have them practice numerous skills with the same reading selection.

I made a set of large posters listing all of the LA standards for my grade (eighth). Then, I divied up the standards throughout the four quarters, according to when they are stressed in our curriculum. I made new posters for these standards (in a larger font) and have them posted.

I think this makes sense and is much more helpful... And yet my principal isn't buying it. He wants 1 - 3 learning targets posted daily. I may use ten standards a day ~ how do I even begin to pick a target??? It's like "Sophie's Choice."

I am SOOOOOO frustrated!!! I do so much for the school and my test scores are terrific... And yet, he won't listen to me and give me some credit for being professional.

Does anyone have a working suggestion? Thank you so much!!! Truly.

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irises 10-21-2019 03:52 PM

The learning targets are what you expect your students to know/be able to do by the end of today's lesson. Since many lessons also include review, don't include that - just the new skill or focus. I post mine daily on a small white board with a little red and white target with a bull's eye arrow. I explain to my students that the closer the get to the bull's eye the more secure they are in the skill. I too, use "I can" statements. "I can read and understand what I read." "I can explain the author's message." " I can remember to double the consonant before adding the ending." etc. Hope that helps!

Peaches250 10-21-2019 11:28 AM

the big ones! For example:
I can determine the point of view.
I can write a narrative using transition words.

My I cans come from the main thing I am teaching.

PrivateEyes 10-21-2019 09:57 AM

If you're going to have to post learning targets, find out first if your principal is looking for standards, standards in "kid-friendly language" and/or "I can" statements.

Type up each standard/I can statement on a piece of printer paper. (Colored paper is more attention getting)

Since you're going to have to post multiple standards, copy them three times. Laminate or put in page protectors.

Put each set of standards on rings. Pick three standards for the day or week, turn to that page, and hang them up on hooks somewhere useful in the classroom. Change standards as needed.

Or you could definitely make one of them always "Standard 10." Then you'd only really need two copies of all the others to switch out as necessary.

pg 10-21-2019 08:35 AM

d_ee: You realize that you are about to send me right over the edge: THERE ARE EVEN MORE ITEMS IN THIS NEW LIST THAT YOU SENT ME!

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... Clunk.

(That "clunk" is me hitting the ground after going over!)

Just kidding ~ I do appreciate this list! I wondered myself why he used the term "learning target" as, so far, we have just worried about posting standards. Thanks again!


kahluablast: You are so right, as ever, with your advice to "just play the game." I know that I'll have to do that... I'm just wondering if there's a way to play it that feels more authentic. Like, could I post standard 10, " By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently."

(And for you, d_ee, that's " I can read complex text independently and proficiently.")




THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU! ANYONE ELSE WITH AN IDEA, PLEASE SHARE.
d_ee 10-21-2019 06:35 AM

I am probably way off base here, as I am a math person not language, but... in math the learning targets are not the same as the objective. They are the "I can..." statements. I will post a link with examples, but my apologies if I am way off base

http://secondarylanguagearts.jordand...ng-Targets.pdf

kahluablast 10-21-2019 05:10 AM

Even within your standards, you must have some "power standards." Play the game. Pick out which one or two are most important and put them up. You only have to change them every once in a while.

It is a game. I change my standards around the time the p is doing observations, and then I forget about it until the next observation. My ELA standards are easy, because if I forget to change them, someone IS working on it, if not everyone. So they can't say I don't have the right one up.

pg 10-21-2019 04:57 AM

My principal is requiring all teachers to post learning targets.

But I teach language arts where there are so many standards are covered in a single lesson ~ we don't really focus on discrete, sequential skills. In math, students can practice a single skill by doing many problems until they develop a sense of mastery. In language arts, however, that won't work.

In math, I imagine that students might do a whole set of problems on one or two skills. For language arts, though, if I have students read a selection and answer a question on setting, then in order to continue working with setting, they would have to read another selection. If I want them to have thorough practice with this skill, like in math, I'd have to have them read 20 selections. So, instead, I will have them practice numerous skills with the same reading selection.

I made a set of large posters listing all of the LA standards for my grade (eighth). Then, I divied up the standards throughout the four quarters, according to when they are stressed in our curriculum. I made new posters for these standards (in a larger font) and have them posted.

I think this makes sense and is much more helpful... And yet my principal isn't buying it. He wants 1 - 3 learning targets posted daily. I may use ten standards a day ~ how do I even begin to pick a target??? It's like "Sophie's Choice."

I am SOOOOOO frustrated!!! I do so much for the school and my test scores are terrific... And yet, he won't listen to me and give me some credit for being professional.

Does anyone have a working suggestion? Thank you so much!!! Truly.




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