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The MyGrade GPA Exercise encourages classroom teachers to take a moment to reflect on their classroom practices by reviewing a statement and then using an A to F grade to rate their performance. This week’s MyGrade GPA Exercise focuses on writing clear learning targets that scaffold instruction and consistently communicating targets each day; the outcome is higher student achievement when teachers take this first step to engage students to learn.

What does this mean at the school-level? Leaders encourage and provide opportunities for:

  • Teachers to create and communicate a well-written learning target that scaffolds complex learning objectives, and aligns with a common core standard, learning tasks, and assessments.
  • Teachers to create measures that are meaningful to them and that guide student learning.
  • Teachers to create performance-based classrooms; that is, leaders help teachers apply this concept in the classroom by encouraging them to consistently reinforce positive steps in student learning rather than punishing students for mistakes made during learning.

Participate in this week’s Exercise:

If there are no measurements aligned to a learning target, then teachers fail to know if students hit their learning target. Measures define performance benchmarks of achievement. The learning target is much more meaningful when a measure is aligned to it. Learning targets guide the type of instruction needed to hit a learning target and the measure determines how well the student is doing. What does this mean at the classroom-level?

  • Teachers must practice how to clearly express learning targets and measures, communicate to students what it means for them to achieve at the highest measure, and instruct, demonstrate, and help students practice hitting the learning targets at the stated measurable level.
  • Learning targets must include measurable capability actions students are expected to perform.
  • Teachers can use measurements to hold students accountable; these measures also let students know how close they are to hitting their learning targets. The better a teacher aligns the measure to a desired target the faster students achieve results.

Participate with us in the MyGrade GPA Exercise through each Monday through the remainder of July. At the end of the summer, you can calculate your overall GPA; we will do the same using all anonymous poll responses.

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