3 | Creating Learning Goals That Are Empowering and Meaningful

At the center of every classroom are learning goals—whether implicit or explicit—that a teacher has for her students. What should students be able to know and do to pass the class? What does it look like for a student to have fully acquired the content or learned the skill? When the learning goals that teachers set are meaningful, empowering, and cognitively demanding, they can form a foundation for assessment and instruction that lead to mastery of those goals. In this session, participants use criteria for writing high-quality learning goals to analyze and revise existing objectives in their own classrooms.