Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Learning Targets and a Freebie

Since I started my blog, I've been showing some of my crafts and decorations. Now that I've got a few of my blog posts out there, I think it's time for me to write about somethings that I'm truly passionate about as an educator. One of those things is setting clear learning goals for my second grade students. I know that this isn't easy... In my opinion, it's one of the hardest things about teaching second graders, third graders, any graders! Read on to see how I'm preparing my second grade students' learning targets...

School is a month away, but I can't help and plan for my second graders. What's on the brain today... Learning Targets! As teachers, we know how important posting learning targets are. Last year, I spent a lot of time trying to wrap my brain around the most effective way to share student learning targets. Having learning up on the wall just isn't enough! Students need to know what their learning and how they're going to get there, and why it's important. I think of learning targets as a treasure map; the map shows you where you're going, but you still need to do something to get to that treasure. We know the map is important because without the map, we won't be able to find the treasure!

I'm taking a look at my treasure maps (learning targets) and deciding exactly how I'm going to get my students to that learning treasure. Yeah, I love cheesy comparisons... Marzano {my education hero} would be proud!

To start, I want to make my second grade learning targets to look important. My "I can" statements are going to go in a special spot in my classroom right next to my white board. Above my learning targets will a a smaller white board where I can share with the students what we are going to do to reach our learning targets {I'll post about this later!}.

Here's what I made today in preparation for this!

I bought two pocket charts for $1.50 each at Michael's; one for math and one for language arts. I placed my "I can" statements inside the pocket charts as an example. Man, this picture is so blurry!!!

The banner says, "Learning Targets" and is strung together with twine for a more "rustic" look. I'm still trying to arrange my banner in just the right way to make it look more presentable!

I made the banner and am sharing it with you for free. Click on either of the pictures, or {HERE} to be taken to this freebie.

How do you display your student's learning targets in your classroom? Do you have a link to your blog that also shares information about learning targers? Share it below! 

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