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ASCD: Are You Planning an Activity or Teaching a Skill?

Crafting a quality learning intention takes planning. Often, teachers will use an activity as their learning intention. The learning intention focuses on what we want our students to know and do. Create the learning intention first, then determine the success criteria that students can use to assess their understanding, then create the activity. As you plan instruction, ask yourself: What do you want your students to know? Why is that important? Can they learn this information another way? How? Design a learning intention and success criteria that support your students’ learning and skills they can apply to their academic life.