If you already do some goal-setting with your students then you’re off to a great start for the New Year. In my last post I discussed an article about goal-setting it students and the importance of “past and future authoring”; which means your students take time to connect background experiences to their new goal and imagine themselves succeeding!
Learning Goals provide the FOCUS for a lesson, but the SCALES provide the PATH. Giving students a clear path to skill or concept mastery is just as important because students do not have the background knowledge or life experience to be able to sketch their own path. They need help to identify pertinent background knowledge and connect it to their present goal. They need sequential stepping stones that suit the needs of different learners. What I love the most, is that Marzano Scales can become your DIFFERENTIATION plan if you create them well!