Series Growth Through Feedback : Targeting Learning with Success Criteria

Targeting Learning with Success Criteria

Lesson Objective: Help students progress towards learning targets with criteria for success
Grades K-2 / All Subjects / Learning Targets


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How do the criteria for success help students give targeted feedback to their peers?
  2. How does Ms. Ivey make the criteria for success accessible to her young learners?
  3. What has Ms. Ivey learned from using criteria for success with her students?


  • Private message to Lilyana Molina

This would have mortified me as a child, honestly. My anxiety is already high. These poor students... I hope this is voluntary.

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  • Private message to Allison Kintner

The criteria for success helps students understand the goals and expectations of the lesson. She offered some good strategies like the spaghetti and meatballs. I think the visual cues were a good way to help students learn to read. Her students can encourage one another to do their best. 

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  • Private message to Avery Baird

The criteria for success in writing is a great way to bring the student's attention to the expectations and also the goals they need to accomplish in their project. Allowing the students to discuss each other's work was a good way for them to encourage each other, but also allow them to take note of what changes could be made in a positive setting. I also like how the teacher realizes that if the students can suggest changes on peers' work, they are more likely to do better on their own papers with that knowledge. Using words the students are very familiar with gets them excited and allows them to stay engaged in the lesson.

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  • Private message to fauzia zaidi

I can understand that learners can learn better if their peers tell them what changes they can make but in most situations, the students get irritated if their peers suggest anything

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  • Private message to Shelly Stephens

This is a wonderful look at a method for improving writing in our youngest writers! Great job!

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  • Private message to Doreen Lwanga

I really do love this video! The whole idea of "Criteria for success" excites me! I am a learner, and I love to engage in/with children's learning. However, being in a student teaching placement, where I always feel rushed or my style reduced to "talking too much," when I think I am engaging children in contributing their knowledge has confused quiet a lot. It has also limited my ability to do things like this.. Of course, not forgetting how well I have to do with time management! I will definitely try this in my own class. I love it!

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  • Targeting Learning with Success Criteria Transcript

    Teacher: Let's look at the expectations or criteria for success together. I use criteria for

    Targeting Learning with Success Criteria Transcript

    Teacher: Let's look at the expectations or criteria for success together. I use criteria for success with my students to help them know what the steps are in achieving our learning targets for a specific lesson. You guys help me remember what we need to do in our writing?

    Multiple Kids: Yes.

    Teacher: All right.

    Multiple Kids: I use kindergarten spelling.

    Teacher: In today's lesson, we had six criteria for success. The students were looking at each other's working and making their feedback correlate with the criteria for success. This is Nathan's piece. We're looking, not only for things he did really well, but also for the things that you want to suggest, so he meets the criteria for success.

    Student: He did a good job on the picture, but you need a period.

    Student: He did a good job on starting with an upper case letter, and he needs to do lower case letters.

    Teacher: Okay. I know that they know what the criteria for success is, and being able to find what's missing in their peers' writing, helps me to know that they're going to be better at applying it in their own work as well. You like which side, this one?

    Student: Yeah.

    Teacher: Today, the kids even brought up an additional strategy for remembering spaces between letters and words.

    Student: You need to work on having spaghetti space.

    Teacher: Using a spaghetti space between letters and a meatball space between the words.

    Student: This one.

    Teacher: Okay. All right, will you read it to us?

    Student: That man.

    Teacher: At the beginning of the school year, my students, for the most part, weren't reading, and so I added some visual cues to the criteria for success. Those images have stayed with them, and I actually used photographs from our classroom and samples of student work. Also, I wanted to use the kind of language that the students use in class to talk about their work.

    Student: She made meatball spaces.

    Teacher: She did make meatball spaces. Certainly, the spaghetti and meatballs is right out of their vocabulary. The suggestions from your peers were that you need to use lower case letters. This is really my first year with criteria for success, and I do see that being specific about what the expectations are the students are able to do it. I think you're ready to do the illustration. Expecting them to do it without telling them what I was expecting did not work out nearly so well. I can't wait to see how this works out.

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Longfellow Elementary School
715 Highland Avenue
Oak Park IL 60304
Population: 714

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