Learning Goals & Rubrics – Marzano DQ1

Find out how to use learning goals and rubrics to help your students learn!

Keep reading to find out how Dr. Marzano says using learning goals and rubrics with your students can enhance their learning.

Marzano’s first design question (DQ) is to five students clear learning goals and rubrics. In order for students to learn best, they need to know what they are supposed to be learning (or, begin with the end in mind). So, whild many of us have had lesson plan requirements to include learning targets (or “I can statements”) for years, sometimes we have missed the crucial step of effectively communicating the learning goals to our students kid-friendly language.

The second part is about using rubrics. Rubrics are not just a way to quickly and fairly grade student work. They are also (and more importantly) a way for students to monitor their own learning. In addition to rubrics you may use on various assessments, daily learning goals can also be turned into rubrics that Marzano calls “scales” (CLICK HERE to learn more about how to create and use a Marzano scale for daily instruction).

All of my classroom instruction is planned and delivered with Dr. Marzano’s principles in mind. The same can be said for the educational resources I create. Each day in clas, we begin by examining the day’s learning target (or goal) and rate our level of understanding of the target on a scale. We end class by re-examining and re-rating ourselves using the same scale to track our growth.

All of my complete units (CLICK HERE to check them out) include a student learning log, and a Marzano aligned scale for each day of instruction. If you are not looking for a complete unit, but something to supplement a current unit, you might want to check out my individual and thematic (groups of three related topics) interactive note presentations (CLICK HERE) which also begin and end with learning goal scales.

 

Find out how to use learning goals and rubrics to help your students learn!
Find out how to use learning goals and rubrics to help your students learn!