We all know that making learning transparent is a key element of learner-centered proficiency based education. We've all gotten the memo: have targets posted. Many people have even taken posting targets a step further and posted all the learning targets for an entire project, course, or year. All of these methods can be a solid part of making learning targets and progressions visible to learners. The important thing to remember is that making learning really visible is about much more than simply slapping a learning target up on the wall; It is about developing learner agency. When learners know what it is they are supposed to be learning, and where that fits in the bigger picture of what they have to learn, motivation and engagement go way up.
If the goal is supporting learner agency, and not simply the posting of the target, we have to think differently about how we use targets. As a start, here are some target-posting pitfalls to be aware of, and some ideas about how to sidestep them and make the learning truly visible.
Courtney is the Instructional Coach for KIDS RSU #2 in Maine. She also hosts a podcast about personalized learning, and is available for independent consulting work.
Have An Idea For A Post Topic?
All Assessment Charts Classroom Culture Classroom Tools Coach Common Assessment Discussion Engagement Expectations Feedback Homework Independence Language Parents Planning Professional Learning Progression Routines Student Pace Students Targets Taxonomy ZPD