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Clarity about the learning

For students to progress confidently and be responsible for their learning, it is essential that teacher and students have shared clarity about what is to be learnt. They need to be clear about the big picture of learning, and the day-by-day learning steps towards it.

"For students truly to be able to take responsibility for their learning, both teacher and students need to be very clear about what is being learnt, and how they should go about it. When learning and the path towards it are clear, research shows that there a number of important shifts for students. Their motivation improves, they stay on-task, their behaviour improves and they are able to take more responsibility for their learning."

Absolum, M. (2006). 'Clarity in the Classroom'.

Classroom resources

These resources support the development of shared clarity. They can be used by teachers to help explain and create effective learning intentions and success criteria.

The examples are focused on literacy, and aimed at junior primary students, but can be adapted to suit other purposes and learning levels.

Teaching students about learning intentions and success criteria

These examples show how teachers can explain to students the purpose and importance of learning intentions and success criteria as part of their learning journeys.

Literacy learning intentions and success criteria for junior classrooms

Story success criteria.

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These examples show ways of presenting junior literacy learning intentions and success criteria.

Writing 1 criteria.

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These examples were developed for new entrants by Charlene Boyd from Greenhithe Primary School.

Planning for clarity

This example maps out the teacher's steps for teaching her students how to write a conclusion to a piece of persuasive writing.

Pasifika Education Community: Assessment for learning

These videos from the Pasifika Education Community provide examples of Assessment for Learning strategies with Pasifika students.

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