The “Right” Objective or Learning Target

What is meant by the “right” objective? The right objective is subjective! It depends. It depends on your students and what you are really trying to accomplish. But what’s most important is that whatever objective you select is aligned to what you are going to model and teach, what you want the students to practice or perform, and what you are assessing. That is all lines up!

 

Questions to consider when coming up with the “right” objective:

 

What is the standard/benchmark?

Are there different aspects of the objective, underlying concepts, or skills within skills?

What are three possible objectives?

Pick one to work with.

How would the learning objective look different if different Depth of Knowledge or Bloom's Taxonomy levels and verbs were used? How would that change the lesson?

When you think about the objective, what is the skill or mental concept that you really want the students to get better at? Sometimes it is helpful to say to yourself “What skill or thought process do I possess that the kids maybe haven’t mastered yet?” Often that is the right thing to then teach or model. “Here’s how I….”

So, what should the students be able to do by the end of this lesson?

Finalize the objective. What would the language objective be?

So what would you model?

What practice activity would be perfectly aligned to what you modeled?

What would the assessment be that would be a perfect opportunity for the students to show that they have gotten better at this skill?

How could you find out which students “got it” or didn’t “get it” before the end of the lesson so you could have the opportunity to reteach or give some students more support while giving some students the opportunity for a challenge?

Teaching is as much of an art as it is a science. Coming up with the right objective takes thinking, questioning, and practice - just like anything else worthwhile.

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