In Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives, Robert Marzano brilliantly translates goal-setting research into thought-provoking and doable professional practice. In chapter two, he makes important distinctions between goals and assignments and shows readers how to translate general standards statements into specific learning goals. As a result, educators can (1) become much more precise about what they want their students to know and be able to do and (2) be better able to effectively communicate these specific learning goals to their students.
In chapter three, Dr. Marzano provides both the rationale and process for developing student learning goals at four different levels of difficulty the very essence of differentiation to assist educators in better meeting the diverse learning needs of all their students: By designing goals at different difficulty levels, the teacher can ensure that each student is challenged without being overwhelmed. Educators need to know before planning instruction the level of thinking difficulty a particular learning goal represents so they can design a matching set of aligned instruction, learning tasks, and assessments that will provide credible evidence as to whether students have achieved the targeted goal and at what degree of proficiency. Such alignment will enable teachers to more accurately diagnose specific student learning needs and modify their instruction accordingly. --Larry Ainsworth, author of Power Standards and Unwrapping the Standards, coauthor of Common Formative Assessments, Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program, and Student-Generated Rubrics
With a penetrating research perspective, Marzano and his team provide classroom teachers and school administrators with a fresh look at a timeless problem: How do we create meaningful goals and objectives that actually make a difference for our learners? To the prospective reader, open this book and find specific methods to enliven your curriculum, focus your instructional approach, and to actively engage your learners. I believe Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives: Classroom Strategies That Work is destined to become an education classic. --Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, executive director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute
About the Author
Dr. Robert J. Marzano is the cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his forty years in the field of education, he has become a speaker, trainer, and author of more than thirty books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include: Designing and Assessing Educational Objectives, Making Standards Useful, and The Art and Science of Teaching. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators. He received a bachelor s degree from Iona College in New York, a master s degree from Seattle University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington.