Fronter and Learning Outcomes – the Goal Tool
In the first post in this mini-series about Learning Outcomes, I started to look at the Fronter goal tool and how it could be a useful element in lesson planning, target setting and tracking pupil progress.
Now, I’d like to look at a few more details of the goal too. There’s so much a teacher and student can get from this tool – that this will be just a taster. I’d love to hear from any teachers or pupils who use the goal tool regularly as I’m certain there are as many ways to use this tool as there are teachers and pupils in fact.
First, let’s get the mechanics out of the way – follow these three steps to creating a Fronter room based goal:
Go to the room where you want to set some learning outcomes expressed as goals. Click Room icon on left menu, then select Customise tool package.
Click New tool.
Select the tool Goal and Save
Setting a goal
Ok – that’s the ‘where-to-find-it’ bit quickly out of the way. Now for the nitty-gritty. Think of a goal you need to set – it could be a very personal goal for a particular pupil struggling with organisational capabilities, i.e. – ‘Remember to hand your homework in every week for a term’, or, a whole class subject based goal developed from your lesson plan, such as – ‘Describe the character of Pip using evidence from the novel Great Expectations’ – or any variation which could apply to any aspect of school life from behaviour management to work experience targets.
Here’s a goal in the process of being made by a primary school teacher for her pupils. The children are to work on designing a Bug Hotel and the teacher wants them to think hard about the processes involved in planning a creative design topic and she will use the goal tool to capture progress with a sequence of planning activities she has already set up in their Fronter Eco Room.
Tracking the goal
Later, after the teacher has saved the goal and the pupils are busy working through their Bug Hotel design plans, she selects the goal tool in the Eco Room, clicks on the pupil or pupils she wants to focus on (in this case just one pupil – Sue Gerrard) and then tracks this goal through, evaluating each stage of the goal thread as she goes.
The goal is shown in the same Eco Room area as all of the topic based activities and can be linked directly to specific assignments and forums. The teacher can run a PDF / print off of the whole class record, or of course just for selected groups or individuals at any point during the tracking of progress, so that achievement can be reviewed, discussed and acted upon. This is useful for alerting the teacher and pupil in instances where progress is falling behind expectations, or alternatively, where a pupil maybe getting ahead and extended work and associated ‘stretched’ goals are needed. This facility is also very useful for sharing progress towards learning outcomes with parents, either by email as an attachment or as a discussion document at Parents’ Evening.
In the view of the same goal below, the pupil, Sue Gerrard, has also logged on to check whether her teacher has evaluated her learning goal for this topic. Sue has clicked on the ‘I can’ statement which she also believes she has achieved. The goal shows in yellow now to show this is where the pupil rates her own progress towards her learning outcomes, but has a blue surround to show that the teacher has also marked her at this same point.
Sometimes of course, this being the real world, there is mismatch between the pupil and teacher’s views regarding progress made. In Fronter, this shows up as a very visual signal on the goal tool, i.e. – the yellow pupil evaluation is far adrift in the ‘I can’ goal sequence from the blue colour block of the teacher’s evaluation – and immediately alerts the teacher to the fact that a discussion might be useful.
To find more info about how the goal tool can work in Fronter, follow these links:
http://www.fronter.co.uk/teachers/set-goals-for-learning-objectives ; or, http://help.fronter.com/en/fronter/index.php/Goals
For London schools who would like a trainer/consultant to visit school (free of charge) to talk through the using the goal tool in school, please contact Fronter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For schools outside of London who would like a free webinar on the topic of setting up and using goals for tracking learning, please contact email@example.com.
Coming up next time
Fronter goals are just one of many tools for busy teachers to track pupils’ progress towards their personal learning outcomes. In the next blog post in this mini-series about setting, tracking and measuring learning outcomes, I’ll be sharing some thoughts and observations about schools which use a range of other Fronter tools in their everyday practice to support teachers teaching and learners learning.
Don’t forget – I’ll be pleased to hear your thoughts about Fronter and learning outcomes, so do get in touch via the blog comment box or on Twitter.