Timeless Practice #3

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Corwin’s new “Learning Intentions and Success Criteria” workshop is available in both a one-day and two-day format, with the option for additional support days. This highly engaging, hands-on workshop will give educators and leaders a step-by-step, doable process to ensure that teachers are absolutely clear about what their students are to learn, why they are to learn it, and how.

Larry Introduces Teacher Clarity: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

NEED FOR CLARITY:

We have a clarity problem in our schools! We are not crystal clear about what we want our students to know and be able to do. Without clarity of learning goals that provide the sharp focus for both instruction and assessment, teachers cannot achieve the maximum possible impact on student learning. Without clarity of these learning targets, teachers may unknowingly plan instruction and design assessments that miss the mark. Clarity is essential to writing student-friendly learning intentions and success criteria.

Professor John Hattie’s extensive research revealed this vital statistic: Teacher clarity of learning intentions (what students are to know and be able to do) posts a 0.75 effect size which is equivalent to nearly two years of student growth in one year. (Source: Visible Learning (2009) and Visible Learning for Teachers (2012)

DEFINITIONS?

In Travel Terms:

Learning intentions are what we want students to learn. They represent the “destination” of where we are going.

Success Criteria are the specifics of how students will achieve the learning intentions. They provide the detailed “map” of how we are going.

Learning Progressions are the “building blocks” of instruction needed to achieve the learning intention and success criteria. They provide the “Where to next?” element of the teaching and learning journey.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

Day 1
During this interactive workshop for all PK-12 educators and leaders, you will learn, through both guided and independent practice, how to:

  • Define and describe learning intentions and success criteria using illustrative examples
  • Explain the rationale for determining learning intentions and success criteria in advance of instructional planning and assessment design.
  • Apply the process of creating learning intentions and success criteria to a single standard in focus within a unit of study.
  • Decide why a learning intention is important for students to learn (i.e., relevancy; larger connections to school and life).
  • Break a learning intention into learning progressions and related success criteria.

Day 2
After completing the initial one-day workshop, you will then have the option to learn, through both guided and independent practice, how to:

  • Create learning intentions, success criteria, and learning progressions for multiple standards within a unit of study of your own choosing.
  • Create an action plan for introducing learning intentions and success criteria to students, collaborative grade- or course-level teams, school faculty, and/or the entire district.
  • Create for students an introductory example that includes: Standard for Instructional Focus, Student-Friendly Learning Intention, Rationale, and Success Criteria.
  • Connect learning intentions and success criteria as foundational entry points to other Corwin programs, including: Visible Learning, Common Formative Assessments 2.0, Co-Creating Student Success Criteria, Student Voice, and High-Impact Instruction.

“Production Day” Workshop. After completing the two-day workshop, you can also return for an additional one or more “production days” and work collaboratively with your learning teams to create additional learning intentions, success criteria, and learning progressions for other units of study. A certified Corwin consultant will be on hand to clarify any questions, provide feedback on your work products, and offer any other assistance as needed.

WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE WITH?

What Will You Leave With on Day 1?

  • A learning intention and its success criteria written in student-friendly wording for a single standard instructional focus of your choice
  • Identified reasons why it’s important for students and teachers to achieve this learning intention
  • A sequence of learning progressions as “building blocks” to the learning intention
  • Specific success criteria matched to selected learning progressions
  • A set of tools for use during and after the Day 1 workshop:
    • Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Template for a Single Standard
    • Worked Examples for Single Standards in Different Content Areas
    • Checklist of Success Criteria for Each Step of the Process
    • “Build Your Own” Glossary Template
    • Next Steps Action Plan

What Will You Leave With on Day 2?

  • Fully developed learning intentions and success criteria written in student-friendly wording for multiple standards in your selected unit of study
  • Identified reasons why it’s important for students and teachers to achieve these learning intentions
  • Set of learning progressions as “building blocks” to the unit standards, sequenced for daily instruction
  • Specific success criteria matched to the learning progressions
  • Initial draft of action plan for implementing learning intentions and success criteria, specific to students, grade-/course-level teams, school faculty, and/or district
  • Introductory example for students including: Standard, Learning Intention, Rationale, Success Criteria
  • Additional tools for use during and after the Day 2 workshop:
    • Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Template for Multiple Standards
    • Worked Examples for Multiple Standards in Different Content Areas
    • Action Plan Template for Implementing Learning Intentions/Success Criteria
    • Introductory Example for Students Template
    • Completed Glossary of Key Terms

Agendas for both the one-day and two-day Learning Intentions and Success Criteria workshops are available upon request.

WHO WILL ATTEND:

  • All PK-12 classroom educators, either individually or in grade-level and course-level teams,
  • instructional specialists,
  • curriculum and assessment coordinators,
  • school and district leaders

WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS:

Following are several of the wonderful comments three of my certified team members recently received at the conclusion of their "Learning Intentions and Success Criteria" workshop presentations:

The most valuable thing I learned as a result of this workshop was: