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  • Thank you for this resource! It will go a long way in helping teachers understand and use LG and SC.
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  • Hi. Work in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria Australia. Great summary. Many Thanks.
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  • Hi There, I teach in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and our board is also using Shirley Clarke's (an other's too ) work around learning goals and success criteria. Thanks for your useful summary. Cheers! Leslie
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  • 1. Learning GoalsLearning Goals andand Success CriteriaSuccess Criteria October 2010October 2010
  • 2. What is a learning goal? A learning goal is the specific curriculum expectation re-phrased in student friendly language.
  • 3. Tips for Using Learning Goals Effectively • Start small • Separate the learning goal from the activity instructions • Tell pupils why they are learning it • Use child-friendly language • Ensure that students understand the language used • Make it visible in the classroom – ensure that it is displayed throughout the learning • Allow time for discussion with students
  • 4. What are Success Criteria? Success criteria are ‘I can’ statements that specifically outline what the students need to do in order to achieve their learning goal. “…success criteria summarize the key steps or ingredients the student needs in order to fulfill the learning intention (goal) – the main things to do, include or focus on.” -Shirley Clarke (Ireland School Board)
  • 5. Effective Success Criteria… • Are linked to the learning goal • Are specific to an activity • Are discussed and agreed with students prior to undertaking the activity • Provide a scaffold and focus for students while engaged in the activity • Are used as the basis for feedback and peer/self assessment
  • 6. Why are Success Criteria Important? • Improve understanding • Empower students • Encourage independent learning • Enable accurate feedback • Enable students to be accountable for their learning * It is an easy way for teachers to use the curriculum documents effectively and be accountable for your teaching *
  • 7. Example of a Learning Goal with Success Criteria Learning Goal: WALT (We Are Learning To…) * write a scary mystery story Success Criteria: WILF (What I’m Looking For…) * set the scene in the opening paragraph * build up tension/suspense * use spooky adjectives and powerful verbs * end with a cliffhanger
  • 8. Learning Goals • The ‘what’ • WALT Success criteria • How to recognize success • WILF
  • 9. From Learning Goal to Success Criteria Activity WALT We are learning to create learning goals and success criteria. WILF • I can identify the writing forms curriculum expectations for my grade. • I can break the expectations down into student friendly language • I can develop success criteria to enable students to be accountable for their learning • I can begin each success criteria statement with the words ‘I can…’ • I can use the example on my table as an anchor
  • 10. Summary Benefits for Students • Students are more focused and interested, creating a positive learning culture • Students are able to discuss their own work • Students are able to talk about how they are learning rather than what they are learning • Success can be achieved by all students • Empowers students to become independent learners Benefits for Teachers • Teachers are more sensitive to individuals’ needs/achievements • Relationships between teachers and students are more positive • Sharing learning intentions and success criteria at the beginning of the lessons has resulted in teacher and students working more toward a common goal • Planning is more effective/focused/ thoughtful • Feedback can be more focused REMEMBER this isn’t all new but we need to be more systematic about using these approaches in our classroom.