In Learning Targets, Connie
M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart contend that improving student learning and
achievement happens in the immediacy of an individual lesson – what they call
“today’s lesson” – or it doesn’t happen at all.
The key to making today’s lesson meaningful? Learning targets.
Written from students’ point of view, a learning target describes a
lesson-sized chunk of information and skills that students will come to know
deeply. Each lesson’s learning target connects to the next lesson’s target,
enabling students to master a coherent series of challenges that ultimately
lead to important curricular standards.
Drawing from the author’s extensive research and professional
learning partnerships with classrooms, schools and school regions, this
Learning Targets also includes reproducible planning
forms, a classroom walkthrough guide, a lesson-planning process guide and
guides to teacher and student self-assessment.
What students are actually doing during today’s lessons is both
the source of and the measure for school improvement efforts. By applying the
insights in this book to your own work, you can improve your teaching expertise
and dramatically empower all students as stakeholders in their own learning.