Week Three of ECS 410

This week we spent a lot of our time focused on “I can statements,” and the benefit they can have on students learning. When doing this, we as teachers are providing students with an awareness of what they will learn by the end of an outcome. In chapter three of the textbook, it was said that students need their learning destination clearly stated. This aligns perfectly with what Tracy spoke about in class. Providing “I can statements” allows students to grasp what will be expected of them and provides them with an end goal that they will be working to achieve throughout the unit.

This video is a teacher who uses “I can statements” on a daily basis. She mentions using them as a checklist, so students can check off when they have learned the particular statement. She has some good ideas about incorporating “I can statements into the classroom on a daily basis, for example using exit slips or using the statements as a study guide. It could be beneficial to extend the statements beyond allowing students to see what they will be learning, maybe by incorporating the statements into an exit slip, or somehow weaving them into a lesson or an assignment. I think that could help extend the students learning of the particular topic. It also could be a great way for us to assess how our students are understanding that particular outcome.

I think many students and parents need to have an understanding of what they will be learning in the classroom, and reading the Saskatchewan curriculum is not something that a student or parent would do. Because of this, “I can statements” are an easy way to map out and put into simpler terms what is to be learned by the end of an outcome plan.

Often by the end of a unit it can be unclear or vague as to what the learning goal was. Marzano says,  “Classrooms where students understand the learning outcome for daily lessons see performance rates 20% higher than those where learning outcome were unclear” (2003). That is a significant percentage, if by writing an “I can statement” we can increase performance rates, then as educators we should make this a goal, because it is very achievable.In the end it is our duty to provide the best possible education for our students.

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