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ELOs, Learning Targets, Posted or not?

ELOs, Learning Targets, Posted or not?

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Greetings Edutopiates, Grant Wiggins recently posted an article about the mandatory posting of Learning Targets / ELOs. Grant makes a great point in his post. Are you being mandated to post things as well? Mind you, I am fine with posting daily agendas, essential or driving questions, and even learning targets when they help students focus on their learning. How much is too much? Grant raises that question as well - he states: [quote]"’s important for students to understand the goals for the day and beyond. But does any supervisor honestly believe–if they would just think about it for one minute–that a policy requiring the chanting out of Standards numbers or making and hanging 4 teacher-crafted posters each day is in the best interests of learning and the best use of teacher time? This gets it all backwards."[/quote] Posting? Sure! But for what purpose? Where do you think?

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I think some administrators search for objective, observable behaviors that they can require of EVERYONE because they've fallen into the "same=fair" trap. If they require teachers to be sure kids know the learning objective, that means they have to leave room for individual teaching styles and they have to figure out how to measure that in a systematic way.

Honestly? I think it's just one of the many symptoms of a system that's lost sight of what really matters.

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

I agree with Laura- it's great to have the "Why is this important?" information posted so everyone knows what the lessons are building towards, but making teachers essentially start the educational equivalent of medical coding for their lessons seems more labor intensive for very little pay off, and it seems like there could be a much better use of time for everyone.

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