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Clarifying the Intended Learning

Learning intentions and success criteria


Learning intentions provide clarity for students in developing learning. They are simple, clear and aligned to the learning outcomes.

Now what?

  • Do students know what learning intentions are?
  • Do I discuss learning intentions with students?
  • Why do I discuss learning intentions?
  • How does sharing learning intentions impact upon and guide learning?
  • Do I involve students in co-creating success criteria?
  • How do I scaffold opportunities for students to assess their work against agreed criteria?

Learning intentions are shared with students based on intended learning within selected learning outcomes.

Sharing Learning Intentions

Students review learning intentions at the most suitable stage in the lesson.

Students Review Learning Intentions

In order to identify what learning is taking place, students engage in a think-pair-share activity based on the success criteria.

Sharing and Clarifying Success Criteria

So what does this look like in the MFL classroom?

Students are asked to decide together what the quality and expectations of the work might be.

Co-creating Success Criteria

Success criteria are co-created, as appropriate, and communicated in student-friendly language to clarify quality and expectations of work.

Here are some examples that may prompt your thinking.

Are there other approaches that you use?