- What learning targets are we working on?
- How does this task relate to the learning targets?
- How will I know when I have met this target?
- What comes next in my learning? Within the target or after the target?
- How does this learning connect to other learning?
Teachers and students should all be able to answer these questions in a learner-centered environment. There is no one way to address any of these questions, and teachers will do it differently depending on their style and personality. There are some common characteristics of all transparent classrooms, however. First, there is a good amount of visual evidence addressing these questions. Targets are posted, tasks are labeled, success criteria are provided, and students track their progress. Second, teachers refer to these questions and answer them, both directly and indirectly, frequently. At the start of class the teacher states the current target or topic. They connect it back to prior learning, quickly. These teachers refer to the visual evidence and supports regularly. In this post for CompetencyWorks I talk about different ways to be transparent and start to support students in using the map, once they have it. What other ways can we answer these questions?