# What are the learning targets in mathematics?

## What are the learning targets in mathematics?

A learning target includes two components, the mathematics idea and the success criteria. The mathematics idea articulates the key understanding that a student will gain in a lesson. This understanding is focused at a lesson-level rather than at the broader level of a Common Core Standard.

### What are examples of learning targets?

Learning targets are about the concepts students will understand and the skills they can apply as a result of a lesson. Non-Example: I can work in a small group to read and discuss an article about Westward expansion. Example: I can describe ways that human activities have altered places and regions.

**How do you write a learning target?**

Here are a few ways to make learning targets helpful for teaching and learning.

- Do frame the target as learning. Â (Don’t frame the target as activity.)
- Do write the standard in student-friendly language.
- Do talk explicitly about the target.
- Do formatively assess student understanding.
- Resources.

**What is a skill target?**

Target Skills are the specific writing-craft skills and techniques that teachers chose and explicitly teach to young writers. These single-skill concepts are correlated with the age and developmental stages of students.

## What is skill target?

### What are the three types of learning targets?

Below is the brief explanation of each learning target.

- Knowledge: This is purely factual knowledge and conceptual understanding.
- Reasoning: This target focuses on the thought process and application.
- Skill: This refers to physical skill and performance.
- Product: This target addresses the creation of a product.

**What are the three learning targets?**

I can classify Learning Targets by type (knowledge, reasoning, skill, and product).

**What is a learning target?**

“The learning target articulates for students what they are to learn and at the same time provides insight as to how students will be assessed” (Kanold & Larson, 2012, p. 49). Consider the learning goals from Grade 8, Unit 1, Lesson 12. (You’ll have to create a free account and be logged in to view the whole lesson.)

## Can teachers share the learning targets during the lesson synthesis?

Some teachers take the opportunity to share the learning targets during the lesson synthesis: As a result of this lesson, we want students to be able to say,

### Do you post the learning goal in your classroom?

Some teachers are required to post a learning goal in their room to reference at the beginning of each class. What about you? Do you post the learning goal? The learning target? Both? Neither? At Illustrative Mathematics, we talk a lot about inviting learners into the mathematics. The purposeful choice of Let’s issues that invitation.

**What are NCTM’s mathematics teaching practices?**

The first of NCTM’s Mathematics Teaching Practices from Principles to Actions is to establish mathematics goals to focus learning (2014, p. 10). Before 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions can be effective, teachers must set goals for instruction (Smith & Stein, 2011, p. 13).