Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales

Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales

How Teachers Make Better Instructional Decisions

Carla Moore, Libby H. Garst, Robert J. Marzano

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Provides explicit steps for teaching students to use performance scales to help students meet rigorous standards.

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Can your students understand and even generate performance scales? Academic standards call for increased rigor, but simply raising complexity is not enough. Students need to be able to understand learning goals, embedded in performance scales, which include application of knowledge. They should even be capable of generating their own learning scales. In turn, teachers must become adept at providing rigorous learning goals and planning and scaffolding instruction to meet students’ needs. Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales: How Teachers Make Better Instructional Decisions explores explicit techniques for mastering this crucial strategy of instructional practice. It includes:

  • Explicit steps for implementation
  • Recommendations for monitoring students’ ability to understand learning goals
  • Adaptations for students who struggle, have special needs, or excel in learning
  • Examples and nonexamples from classroom practice
  • Common mistakes and ways to avoid them

The Essentials for Achieving Rigor series of instructional guides helps educators become highly skilled at implementing, monitoring, and adapting instruction. Put it to practical use immediately, adopting day-to-day examples as models for application in your own classroom.

Product Code: BPP140002
ISBN: 9781941112014 | 06/15/15
Publisher: LSI


“The concepts and ideas of Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales are excellent. I’ve never heard of scales but I’m looking forward to using them in my classroom in the future.”

—Beth Maloney, 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year

“Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales does an excellent job of focusing on the real purpose for learning targets and scales. This was a very poorly implemented first step in many district evaluation programs, and the content in this books completely debunks those erroneous first directions.”

—Robin L. Oliveri, 2014 Leon County Schools (Florida) Teacher of the Year

“I felt the ideas in Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales were applicable across all disciplines K-12. The overall idea, helping students become aware of their own learning, is larger than grade level or academic area.”

—Aaron Sitze, 2013 Oregon Teacher of the Year finalist

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