Achieve Learning Goals

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Enabling Students to Achieve Learning Goals
Arguably, one of the most important aims for educators is to help students to achieve learning goals which are set out in the curriculum. As educators, it is important to have theories and knowledge of how these learning goals can be achieved for every individual within the classroom. In this essay, it will be argued that, as educators, we can help students to achieve these learning goals through promoting motivation, developing learning strategies, teaching for learning transfer and by using assessment. All of these arguments can go hand in hand, therefore, links between these key ideas will be made throughout this essay.
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Learning strategies are the specific ways one organises resources to enhance memory and understanding of content (Van Deur, 2016). Some learning strategies can be specific to learning outcomes. Therefore, as educators, we can teach learning strategies that will be beneficial for specific learning goals. For example; by teaching students mnemonic and elaboration strategies, we are able to increase the amount of information learned. Another is example is, by teaching strategies such as summarising, note-taking and questioning, students are able to build external connections and therefore develop learning transfer (Mayer, 2008, cited in Van Deur, 2016). By teaching students strategies for learning, we are able to teach students to be self-regulated learners who can regulate their cognition, motivation, behaviour and context. Teaching students to become self-regulated learners is important as students are then able to set realistic goals, transfer knowledge, be metacognitive, judge efficacy, monitor and manage motivation, make reasonable attributions, time manage tasks, monitor effort, reflect on their behaviour and seek help when required. All of these skills are essential in developing students who are life-long independent learners (Van Deur, 2016). Self-regulated learning can be taught through personal pre-assessment activities prior learning tasks, changing …show more content…
Assessment is an ongoing process, central to learning, which occurs for, of and as learning. Assessment of learning is a summative process which usually is outplayed in the form of end of term tests, essays and grades. As educators, we can use this assessment to help students achieve learning goals by using the ‘backward design’ model. This is where the learning goals are outlined, the evidence needed to be collected is determined and then learning experiences are planned out. This model ensures that grades can be accounted for and relayed to parents and moderators when needed (Woolfolk & Margetts, 2013, cited in Van Deur, 2016). However, research suggests that assessment given in the form of grades is not in the best interest of the students. Instead, it is diagnostic feedback that produces the most success and growth among students (PERTS, 2016). This form of assessment, assessment for learning, is obtained through observation within the classroom (Duchesne & McMaugh, 2016). Diagnostic feedback reinforces the growth mindset as students are not given set grades, however, students are given feedback on ways they can improve and therefore promoting motivation. Assessment as learning occurs in a self-monitoring and reflection format. This type of assessment is extremely important as it encourages students to be self-regulated learners who are able to reflect on their

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