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What impact does writing the Learning Intention in Children’s Books have on learning?

As classroom practitioners we have been told that being in a classroom without knowing the direction for learning is similar to taking a purposeless trip to an unfamiliar city. Teachers set learning objectives to ensure that the children's journey with learning is purposeful. When teachers identify and communicate clear learning objectives, they send the message that there is a focus for the learning activities to come. This reassures students that there is a reason for learning and provides teachers with a focal point for planning instruction. Providing feedback specific to learning objectives helps children improve their performance and solidify their understanding.

However does asking the children to write the learning intentions in their book focus the children and improve their learning?


Four classes in the study will measure the impact on learning and the total amount of time wasted asking the children to copy the Learning intention into their books. Analysis will be used to see if pupils refer back to the learning intentions at various points in the lesson and explain how far they’ve met the learning intention.