Daily Learning Targets Epiphany

I had an epiphany the other day and it's just too stinking awesome not to share with everyone! We had a grade level meeting on Monday and I had a sweet co-worker who was sharing what she was doing in her classroom with daily learning targets.

Maybe I should back up a little bit....

So... our county has really struck down on the emphasis of daily learning targets in reading. To help teachers, they have us sit down every 9 weeks and break down each standard for that nine weeks into daily learning targets.

So here is what I want to know. How do you display learning targets? Do you do change out your targets daily or weekly? Do you break them down or use the actual standard?

Here is what I have been doing. I have 6 pockets above my SmartBoard where I have a generic page for each area and I can simply write on top and erase everyday.

Now you have to sit and think are students gaining anything from this? Are they able to make a connection with the target and what they are learning?

I mean yeah sure my kids were learning but I was never once able to get them to reference the target. I was constantly having to show them where to reference. I want my kids to take more ownership and make the connections of what they re to learn and what we are doing.

Now back to the meeting...

So as we were coming up with our learning targets she showed us this little number...

Brilliant! All I could think is why in the world did I not think of this before! Why not just add the very target that we want them to focus on to the anchor chart that we are creating. Then, as we reference back to the chart we can reference back to the learning that went with the target. Genius!

I've been doing this since then and I love it! I feel like I refer to the chart and the target more as I am teaching and I feel my kids are making more connections. 

So to help you guys out I have a little freebie for you. I made the sheet that I use to break down standards and create my targets. This is completely generic and I did insert some text boxes but if you want to just print and go you can delete the boxes.  Click on the document to grab your freebie!

I hope you find this helpful!


  1. Bridget,
    I love your Idea to help unwrap the standards. I've download the break down sheet. Thank you This will be very helpful for me. Vicki

  2. Where can I find your learning targets? Will you offer them in your TpT store, I love them!

  3. I am going to use this idea in my 4th grade classroom! I have the "I can" statements with the common core standard (bought at the teacher store) I put in a small pocket chart, but using the "I can" in a chart is an awesome idea. Thanks!

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