*This product can be adapted to ANY SUBJECT AREA!
Learning targets frame a lesson from the student point of view. A learning target helps students grasp the lesson's purpose--why it is crucial to learn this chunk of information, on this day, and in this way. Learning targets, written in a student friendly way, are often posted as an I CAN statement.
At the beginning of each chapter, students are given a learning target log and they keep it in the front of their science binder along with an "assess yourself" assessment scale. Each day when they come into class, they read the learning target on the assignment board in the front of the classroom. If it is a new learning target they record it in their log and rate themselves as to their level of understanding at that point. The can also refer to "assess yourself" posters which are posted in the front of the classroom.
As learning targets are identified, students are responsible for recording them in their learning target log. At the end of the chapter, we revisit the learning targets for that chapter and students assess themselves again.
At the end of the chapter, on our first day of review, I post a completed learning target log on the board. Students review the learning targets and record evidence from the chapter for each learning target. At that time students should observe that their level of understanding has gone up and they are rating themselves higher. If not, they can go back to the evidence listed to review what was covered in class for that specific learning target.
On side two of the learning target log is an Evaluation of Progress in Science. This can be edited to fit your subject area. Students reflect on the chapter and record their thoughts and ideas. After completing the log and the reflection, students share it with a parent and get it signed.
I found that since I have implemented the learning target log, my students have taken more ownership for their learning. They are eager to record the targets and rate themselves. After reviewing evidence for each target, it helps to focus their review for the test on concepts they still have questions on.
Included in the zipped file:
Learning Target Log Template Editable- 2 pages Word
Learning Target Log Sample- 2 pages pdf
Learning Target Log Student Sample- 2 pages pdf
Assess Yourself scale binder sheets- 1 page pdf (can be cut into half sheets)
Assess Yourself posters- 5 pages pdf
Teacher Notes- 1 page pdf