Targeting Learning with Success Criteria Transcript
Teacher: Let's look at the expectations or criteria for success together. I use criteria for success with my students to help them know what the steps are in achieving our learning targets for a specific lesson. You guys help me remember what we need to do in our writing?
Multiple Kids: Yes.
Teacher: All right.
Multiple Kids: I use kindergarten spelling.
Teacher: In today's lesson, we had six criteria for success. The students were looking at each other's working and making their feedback correlate with the criteria for success. This is Nathan's piece. We're looking, not only for things he did really well, but also for the things that you want to suggest, so he meets the criteria for success.
Student: He did a good job on the picture, but you need a period.
Student: He did a good job on starting with an upper case letter, and he needs to do lower case letters.
Teacher: Okay. I know that they know what the criteria for success is, and being able to find what's missing in their peers' writing, helps me to know that they're going to be better at applying it in their own work as well. You like which side, this one?
Teacher: Today, the kids even brought up an additional strategy for remembering spaces between letters and words.
Student: You need to work on having spaghetti space.
Teacher: Using a spaghetti space between letters and a meatball space between the words.
Student: This one.
Teacher: Okay. All right, will you read it to us?
Student: That man.
Teacher: At the beginning of the school year, my students, for the most part, weren't reading, and so I added some visual cues to the criteria for success. Those images have stayed with them, and I actually used photographs from our classroom and samples of student work. Also, I wanted to use the kind of language that the students use in class to talk about their work.
Student: She made meatball spaces.
Teacher: She did make meatball spaces. Certainly, the spaghetti and meatballs is right out of their vocabulary. The suggestions from your peers were that you need to use lower case letters. This is really my first year with criteria for success, and I do see that being specific about what the expectations are the students are able to do it. I think you're ready to do the illustration. Expecting them to do it without telling them what I was expecting did not work out nearly so well. I can't wait to see how this works out.