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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Parents, there are various buzz words in education at various times. A current one is co created success criteria. The idea is simple. Students, Teachers and Parents are better able to succeed at a task when they help determine what will help them achieve success. For the last two months, teachers have been sharing samples of level 3 and 4 work (exemplars) as well as level 1 and 2 work to help students be able to discuss what makes a good reading response, a good writing piece and a good math problem solving answer. We took the various lists of ideas that each class came up with and together with our school superintendent Mrs. McMorrow we created an overall framework for what students should be aiming to do in reading, writing and math. Please feel free to send in any comments you may have to Mr. Fernandes. And from now on when you’re doing your weekend homework with your child (reading response OR Journal OR Math problem solving) you can refer to the success criteria that we have collaboratively set. More info on co created success criteria will follow in the upcoming months and stay tuned for a neat twist on the Wonder book coming in the New Year


 Mathematics Co Created Success Criteria for Problem Solving Questions
  1. Read the problem.
  2. Write down what I know.
  3. Write down what I need to find out.
  4. Think of what strategies to use (e.g. draw a picture, make a chart, look for a pattern).
  5. Clearly explain my solution with pictures, numbers and words (use math language).
  6. Make sure I answered the question that was being asked (look back and review).
Writing Co Created Success Criteria (please note that conventions which are important for all work - spelling, punctuation, grammar are included on a separate chart in the classroom)
  1. Have an opening/ closing that are both interesting.
  2. Add interesting voice to my writing.
  3. Make sure I have relevant or meaningful detail.
  4. Use interesting words.
  5. Organize my ideas (paragraphs, sequencing, etc).
  6. Revise my ideas by making it better (add, remove, move around, substitute and switch – the ARMS strategy).
  7. Proofread my writing so that I don’t have missed words or simple mistakes.
Reader Response Co-Created Success Criteria
1.      Use most of the words from the question.
2.       Don’t explain too much in the first sentence.
3.      Use because in the first sentence.
4.      Give proper proof – relate to life and text.
5.      Have voice in your answer (wrap it up with a bow).
Please visit the drop down pages in our success criteria page for an example of how we use these co created success criteria to give our students descriptive feedback on ways to improve.
Thanks for sharing in our learning journey. Collaboration is the only way to go.