Our ultimate goal for every student is to become independent thinkers. To achieve this, we foster students’ ability to self-direct their own learning. To begin, students and teachers unpack an achievement standard together, so that the learning intention is clear. Together the success criteria is co-constructed using Blooms Taxonomy to engage students’ higher order thinking skills for relevance and purpose. To conclude, students discover how Lesson Zero personalises their learning, enabling them to reach their destination by being significantly involved with their learning.
A Learning Intention is like a journey that learners embark upon. To arrive at their destination teachers must know where learners are NOW and where they are GOING - to be able to REACH their destination.
At the heart of all Learning Intentions learners must ask:
For students to really appreciate and understand ‘Why” Lesson Zero is an integral part of their learning, teachers explicitly discuss, explain and analyse the learning intention and together create the success criteria, so that students know what they are learning, why they are learning this and how they know they will be successful.
Every single word in a Learning Intention is a new experience for teachers – every single word is a new opportunity for students.
- Lee Watanabe Crockett