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Teacher Clarity

Developed by Larry Ainsworth

Educators are buried under an avalanche of content standards. Knowing what to teach and how to teach it is tricky enough. Add to that the challenge of getting learners at all levels to a prescribed place of mastery, and it’s easy to see why teachers feel overwhelmed and frustrated. To achieve what they want in the classroom, teachers need clarity — a deep understanding about what to teach and why, how to teach it and what success looks like. This goes way beyond simply knowing the day’s lesson. It describes a process that enables teachers to communicate those same aspects to their students in simple and plain language.

Teacher Clarity is a research-based process for narrowing and focusing activities, cutting away aspects of instruction that don’t help learning by identifying the most critical parts of instruction: learning intentions, success criteria, and learning progressions

With an effect size of .75, Teacher Clarity can double the rate of student learning.  It supports the goal of creating Assessment-Capable Learners who are three times more likely to achieve in school resulting in improved attendance, engagement, retention, progress, and success for all learners. In the Teacher Clarity Professional Learning Series educators and leaders will be equipped with the step-by-step process that reinforces the gradual release of responsibility of learning from the teacher to the student to ensure all are absolutely clear about what they need to learn, why they are learning it, and how to build ownership.

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Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Workshops

With an effect size of .75, Teacher Clarity is arguably the most important because it makes all other effects of what impact learning possible.

When teachers gain clarity and work together to focus in on the most important standards, they address 80-90% of what is assessed statewide. With ongoing, embedded formative assessment aligned to clear learning intentions and criteria for success, the result is a visible learner who is assessment-capable and equipped with strategies to take ownership of learning.

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Next steps… Student Clarity!

Check out our Co-Constructing Success Criteria Workshop and Partnering with Students Workshop!

It’s as critically important for students to have clarity of their learning intentions and success criteria to achieve a unit of study.

A shared understanding of learning progressions allows for formative assessment and feedback.

Intentionally aligned to follow the same format as the Learning Intentions and Success Criteria workshop, Co-Constructing Success Criteria, and Partnering with Students help you deepen your implementation of Teacher Clarity and achieve the maximum effect size of 1.44, Assessment Capable Learners, which triples the rate of learning.


Teacher Clarity Toolkit

Learning Intentions Definitions
Success Criteria Definitions

Student Investment in Learning Poster
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Learn how Learning Intentions and Success Criteria are embedded in Common Formative Assessments 2.0

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