Learning Goals

In general terms, learning goals are brief statements that describe, for students, what they should know, understand, and be able to do by the end of a period of instruction (EduGains).

In our mathematics work, we’ve found that they benefit students most when they are as specific as possible.

Place value learning goals

             Place value learning goals

In an inquiry lesson, learning goals are voiced by students at the end of the task. If the task was successful, then students should be able to articulate this was the important idea we explored today.

In the consolidation phase of the three part lesson, teachers likely need to use talk moves to clarify the student understanding and help them voice the learning goal.


There are normally considered to be two types of learning goals:

1. Knowledge & Understanding goals, starting with I know….

2. Skill goals, starting with I can….




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