Where Do Learning Targets Come From?

Where Do Learning Targets Come From?

After reading Learning Targets by Moss and Brookhart (ASCD, 2012), this graphic represents my current understanding. We take a standard and break it up into smaller learning objectives. Then we distill the learning objective into a kid-friendly phrase, visual, or action. This is what we would share with our students in our day-to-day instruction. Not the learning objective. Not the standard. The learning target– what students should be aiming for in their performance of understanding. (I offered two learning targets for each objective only as an example.)

Let me know if I am way off base on this.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

3 thoughts on “Where Do Learning Targets Come From?”

    1. It’s all about clarity. I have taken a step back in demanding that learning targets are posted. I am more interested in the engagement level of the activity and whether the students are learning or not.


      1. Clarity is HUGE! Being able to define small learning targets is a skill that takes some practice. I know I am still working on it! The more I can define the target, the more likely I am able to shift and cover a missing skill or move on if my formative data shows the students already “get it!”


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