Setting Students Up for Success
Compiled by Kelly Harmon
They can include a stem like "I can...or We will..."
They should help students know the level of mental processing (retrieval, comprehension, analysis, or knowledge utilization).
They should never include a specific task or product.
Students Using Learning Targets and Success Criteria
Learning Targets on Parade
ASCD, October 2014
Kindergarten Classroom Video
Shifting the Ownership of the Learning
How Strong Are these Learning Targets?
Can we make the learning targets and success criteria better?
Is the language used in the success criteria true all the time?
Can you demonstrate the learning without any of the language used in the SC?
Thoughts on Success Criteria
Success criteria are the thought processes that need to be used to successfully demonstrate the learning target.
Sometimes it helps to think of these thought processes as questions one might ask themselves to ensure they are thinking successfully. This first grade teacher wrote these questions for students to use to guide their thinking.
Instead of being product specific like "What words can I use to express kindness?" I might write something that a writer would always want to think about like "What words can I use to express my message?" This way the question can be used as success criteria for any writing task.
Once I think about a question I would ask myself, I then turn it around into a statement for the success criteria.
- Use specific words to express my message.
- Include the 5 parts of a letter.
- Use correct punctuation
The only way to know if I have the success criteria correct is if my students can use it to guide and evaluate their work. It should help them think about their thinking. Do it tell them how they will demonstrate the learning target without telling them a specific product to produce.
Remember there is a fine line between the success criteria and the task or question. The success criteria gives students the procedural knowledge (mental process) to use as they answer the question or complete the task.