Stating a Clear Goal

Purpose:
to articulate a clear, achievable class goal.

Process:
After settling on a shared priority that a class can work on together, it’s useful to review the group goal so that everyone is crystal clear about it. One way to do this is to create a one-sentence summary of the goal. The summary should answer the questions: who, what, when, where (and under what conditions) and why. For example:

Who: Our Class
What: will do research to find out about and compare used cars
When: over the next two weeks
Where/under what conditions: in class using books, magazines, and the car “blue book”
Why: to help us decide what kind of car to buy.
  1. Try using this format with students to write a one sentence summary of the goal in their own words.

  2. If you are working with very limited English speakers and you share their native language(s), translate the goal so you are sure they understand it.

  3. Post the goal clearly on the wall and/or have students keep it in a notebook or portfolio so that it can be referred to as the teaching/learning cycle progresses.

Worksheet (Word file)

Used in Teaching/Learning Examples:

Measurement in a Real World Setting