Teacher Clarity


These books are wonderful resources for implementing any standards-based curriculum.

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Setting and Using Criteria, Second Edition (Knowing What Counts)


Sandra Herbst explains in the foreword to Setting and Using Criteria that when teachers work not only to share the learning destination with their students, but to identify what quality evidence of learning looks like en route to the learning destination, then students have a much clearer picture of what they need to know, do, and articulate. In this first book in the Knowing What Counts series, authors Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, and Anne Davies provide tools for teachers to help students envision and develop that picture. The first section of this book outlines a four-step process for working with students to set criteria that encourage participation, understanding, and ownership. The authors provide specific examples of what each step in this process might look like.



Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives: Classroom Strategies That Work


Design and teach effective learning goals and objectives by following strategies based on the strongest research and theories available. This first book in the Classroom Strategies That Work library includes a summary of key research behind these classroom practices and shows how to implement them using step-by-step hands-on strategies. Dr. Robert J. Marzano translates theory into action, details the impact of well-designed and well-taught goals and objectives, and offers recommendations for classroom practice. Short quizzes help readers assess their understanding of the instructional best practices explained in each section. Use this book as a personal resource or as a group study tool.



Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson


In Learning Targets, Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart contend that improving student learning and achievement happens in the immediacy of an individual lesson--what they call "today's lesson"--or it doesn't happen at all.

The key to making today's lesson meaningful? Learning targets. Written from students' point of view, a learning target describes a lesson-sized chunk of information and skills that students will come to know deeply. Each lesson's learning target connects to the next lesson's target, enabling students to master a coherent series of challenges that ultimately lead to important curricular standards.