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Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Focus - Motivation - Responsibility - Improved Performance

At San Clemente we aim to ensure our students have clarity around what they are learning and why they are learning it. One of the ways we develop and maintain this clarity is through the use of learning intentions and success criteria.

What are learning intentions?
A learning intention for a lesson or series of lessons is a statement, created by the teacher, that describes clearly what the teacher wants the students to know, understand, and be able to do as a result of learning and teaching activities. Clear learning intentions should help students focus not just on the task or activity taking place but on what they are learning.

What are success criteria?
Success criteria are linked to learning intentions. They are developed by the teacher and/or the student and describe what success looks like. They help the teacher and student to make judgements about the quality of student learning.

Why do we use learning intentions and success criteria?
While teachers build learning intentions into our planning documents, we are not always good at sharing learning intentions and success criteria with our students. The sharing of this information in our lessons has enormous value. Research carried out around the value of learning intentions and success criteria shows that students who regularly receive this information in the classroom are:

  • more focused for longer periods of time
  • more motivated and active in their learning
  • better able to take responsibility for their own learning
  • better able to identify what improved performance looks like

All attributes that allow our students to be actively involved and keep learning.

Emma South, Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning (Acting)