“What are ‘I can’ statements, anyway” and “What’s the big deal?”

These are typical questions for most secondary teachers who are trying to figure out how to meet the ever changing demands of education. Most districts are moving away from the essential question model in favor of “I Can” statements. Let’s use the Frayer model to take a closer look at “I Can” Statements.

I can statements
So why do “I can” statements matter? Standards can be complex and difficult to understand for both educators and students. “I can” statements give educators a way to be deliberate about (1) unpacking standards, (2) understanding and delineating what students need to know to master the standard, and (3) giving educators a way to intentionally plan and scaffold lessons that address all areas of the standard.  

Here are some resources for making “I Can’ statements work for you and your students.

Biology “I Can” Statement Examples

High School Science Evidence Statements

Sample “I Can” Statements for all Subjects

History “I Can” Statements and Standards

Math I “I Can” Statements and Standards

High School Math Frameworks, Standards, and “I Can” Statements

“I Can” Statements from Pinterest