Book Review

Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives

Classroom Strategies That Work

by Robert J. Marzano, Marzano Research Laboratory, Bloomington, Ind., 2009, 135 pp. with index, $24.95 softcover

The first book in Robert Marzano’s Classroom Strategies That Work library, Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives: Classroom Stategies That Work, will immediately engage the district’s curriculum and instruction department, the campus leadership team and the classroom teacher. The book can be used as a self-study text or as a departmental or faculty book study.

Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives


Based on research and theory, it contains instructional strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom to improve student learning. Marzano is CEO of a research laboratory in Denver, Colo., and author of more than 30 books on instruction, assessment, implementing standards, effective leadership and school intervention.

The chapters on designing learning goals and objectives include tables and exercises for educators to test their own comprehension of the new content. Because of our changing school populations, the information on how to differentiate the learning goals based on the four levels of the new taxonomy is extremely pertinent.

Differentiation and student empowerment are taken a step further through use of the goal-setting scale. In classrooms where the learning goal scale is used, students become more responsible for demonstrating their own competence. The focus on learning goals encourages students to learn cooperatively.

Reproducible forms are provided for the exercises and the answers to the exercises. These may be copied from the book or downloaded from Marzano’s website.

Reviewed by Lylia King, executive director of curriculum and instruction, Cleburne Independent School District, Cleburne, Texas