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How to Write a Lesson Plan Objective

How to Write a Lesson Plan Objective
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Instructor: David Raudenbush
The learning objective is one of the key components in any lesson plan. In this lesson, learn how to set effective objectives by identifying the skills and knowledge students will have by the end of the lesson and maximizing your ability to measure your teaching efficacy.

Importance of Learning Objectives

It's Sunday night and, like a few million other teachers, you're writing lesson plans for the coming week. Writing effective plans can be a daunting task. Requirements for lesson plans can vary from school district to school district across the country, and formats for each lesson may contain anywhere from four to eight components. However, most have one similar requirement: a learning objective.

Put simply, a lesson plan and its components explain what you will do to provide instruction to your students for a particular study unit, specifying the materials you will use, the activities you will do, and any assessments that will be made. The lesson objective, which is usually located at the beginning of the plan, focuses on the end of the lesson and states what skills you want your students to have learned or what knowledge you want them to have acquired when the lesson is finished.

In this lesson, we will discuss how choosing action verbs and being specific in a lesson's objective can lead to setting strong learning goals for students.

Bloom's Taxonomy

In the 1950s, Benjamin Bloom and a group of cognitive psychologists identified a hierarchy of thinking and learning that has become known as Bloom's Taxonomy. At the lower level of the taxonomy, which is depicted as a pyramid, is the knowledge level, where students recall or remember facts or information. At the highest level, students create something new from what they've learned. In between those levels, students understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate.

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