The following teacher-developed checklist contains criteria for writing effective learning goals, and can be used to guide the development of learning goals.
- identifies what is to be learned
- linked to the overall and specific expectations to be addressed
- connected to a big idea
- identifies incremental steps to build student knowledge and skills
- uses clear, concise language
- uses language that is student-friendly and grade-appropriate
- uses verbs that describe specific and observable actions
- stated from a student’s perspective (e.g., “We are learning to …)
Example Learning Goals
- We are learning to make healthier personal food choices by using information on food labels.
- We are learning to rework a piece using feedback from our teacher and classmates.
- We are learning to create and perform phrases that explore two or more elements of dance.
- I will be able to use descriptive words, phrases, and expressions to clearly describe a scene or situation.
- I can Identify and describe common controls used in graphical user interfaces.
- I can use buttons, labels, and text fields when designing graphical user interfaces.
(from ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING VIDEO SERIES Learning Goals and Success Criteria Viewing Guide)