Everyone, kids and adults, need time to try new things out for themselves to see how it “fits.” I know for me reading directions from other people, or seeing sample pages can give me good ideas, but I may or may not interpret them the same, or be able to apply them in the same classroom contexts. We all have different student demographics, cultural norms, and personal tendencies that add variety to every teaching experience! This can be rich and exciting because we get great ideas from each other, but also disappointing if we don’t see the same results. SO, if you find that you need help using Marzano learning goals and scales, I have re-organized my FREE Assessment & Poster previews with Learning Goals and Scales to be separate documents with more content for you to try before you commit to using them yourself.
If you are new to using Learning Goals and Scales, or you are being forced to use them by your district/administration, you may feel reluctant or overwhelmed. Getting organized always helps me feel more comfortable. Click on my FREEBIES tab to find free samples of the resources mentioned below.
Step 1: Know Your Learning Goals!
Learning Goals are simply statements of what the students should learn. It helps them and you focus on what’s most important to spend time on. They can be versed a number of different ways, and range from small discreet skills, to large sweeping generalizations. This was hard for me to wrap my head around at first, so I started simple, I wrote sentences on the white board everyday at the beginning of class. The kids would copy them down on a weekly “Reflection Sheet” or learning log.
Step 3: How will you Assess kids with Scales?
These posters align with grade-level assessments I created so that I could present a consistent and concrete way of presenting each standard to students. The grade-level tabs for this blog will give you some more examples of the assessment pages and student work.