Effective teachers strive to maintain student interest and motivation during every lesson. Most learners wants to know, "Why do I need to know this and when will I use it?" "Perceived relevance" is an important contributor to these two desired outcomes.
In this week's article, author Jeff Fox says the way to build relevance is for teachers to do the following: "1) regularly share and discuss the learning outcomes of the course; 2) clearly tie those learning outcomes to the required activities and assignments; and 3) orient students at the beginning of each class period by discussing the “What, Why, and How” of that day." These tips remind me of "Knows and Applies Best Practice", one of the Seven Characteristics of Highly Effective Teachers. The look-for of "Establishes Clear Learning Targets" is described in the professional text.
Formative Assessment Options
As we all know, formative assessments are a great way for teachers to monitor student learning and for students to monitor their own learning. Here are a few videos with various examples of formative assessment options that teachers could use (or you could use with your staff):
Video #1: Communicate Learning With Silent Signals