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This is the latest article in a series about how to drive authentic, equitable, and sustainable learning by decisions that empower learnership. In other words, the more students know about their learning, the more opportunity they have to own their learning which leads to increased student achievement. Elevated Achievement’s Learning Model is the tool teachers need to support students in ownership of their learning, thereby developing learnership.

In previous articles of this series, we provided an overview of the Learning Model and its five student-centered phases: setting the Learning Context, stating the Learning Outcome, engaging in the Learning Process, producing the Learning Demonstration, and implementing the Learning Application. We also discussed the sequence of “backwards” planning a focused lesson and provided examples. Our most recent articles focused on the phases where teachers set the Learning Context, implement the Learning Application, and determine the Learning Outcome.

Now we will take an in-depth look at the next phase in the “backwards” planning sequence, the Learning Demonstration.

Producing the Learning Demonstration

This is the phase of the lesson during which students produce work that shows they can demonstrate the skill independently and accurately. Students will need to understand what successful learning looks like and sounds like if they are to answer the question, “How will I show that I have learned it?”

While producing the Learning Demonstration, the teacher describes what students need to demonstrate to show mastery of the lesson’s learning, why this shows mastery, and the criteria for success. Much of this information was first explained in the Learning Outcome phase.

The Value to Students

If students know how they will know they are learning they are more able to…

  • Understand and articulate what specific skill or content they will be learning during the lesson.
  • Connect this lesson’s learning outcome and demonstration with previous learning and an identified future application.
  • Understand and articulate how they will know that they have learned, via a demonstration or product, by the end of the lesson.

The Value to Teachers

Teachers who have a classroom full of students who can articulate how they will know they are learning will have students that….

  • Make connections from previous learning to the lesson demonstration and how together this will support them in future learning and application.
  • Take ownership of where they are in learning the skill or content during the lesson and can articulate what differentiated or additional supports they may need to meet the identified learning demonstration.
  • Buy-in to their learning as they see value and progress in meeting the identified learning demonstration of the lesson.

In other words, the value to you is to have a classroom of learners who will help you with the task of teaching. Instead of just one person monitoring all of the learning, you will have a roomful of people.

To help you make stronger student-centered decisions, consider these questions as you plan:

  • What will the students do to show that they have learned this skill?
  • How will this demonstrate that they met the learning outcome?
  • How will you share this information with your students?

Click here to download a lesson planning template to use as you determine the Learning Demonstration for your next lesson.

What’s Next in Learnership?

As we’ve said before, teachers play a crucial role in ensuring that students own their learning. The teacher is the key decision-maker for establishing effective learning designs before, during, and after instruction in the classroom. Because the teacher is the person who knows the most about the students, it is important that the teacher’s ownership in making these decisions is cultivated.

That’s why we are providing 5 articles that take in-depth looks at the each of the phases of the Learning Model, their value to students, and their value to teachers. In each article, you will get the planning questions and tools you need to implement focused Learning Models for each and every lesson.

Remember, the decision-making sequence for designing a lesson is “backwards.” Therefore, the following sequence for reading is recommended as you plan with a focused Learning Model.

Then you’ll be ready to backwards plan a lesson and forward instruct through that lesson with the end in mind as you move through the five student-centered phases: setting the Learning Context, stating the Learning Outcome, engaging in the Learning Process, producing the Learning Demonstration, and implementing the Learning Application.

The Learning Brief

In this article you learned…
  • The Learning Demonstration is the phase of the lesson during which students produce work that shows they can demonstrate the skill independently and accurately.
  • Students who know how they will demonstrate their learning will understand and articulate how they will know that they have learned, via a demonstration or product, by the end of the lesson.
  • Teachers who have a classroom full of students who can articulate how they know when they are learning will have students who take ownership of where they are in learning the skill or content during the lesson and can articulate what differentiated or additional supports they may need to meet the identified learning demonstration.
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