Imagine that your friend was taking you on a trip and told you to pack but didn't tell you where.

  • How would you know which clothes to bring?
  • Is it going to be the beach or a snowy mountain?
  • What are we going to do while we're away?
  • How many clothes?

Without knowing where you're going to go and what you're going to do, you can only take a little bit of a wide variety of things that you may or may not need. When we don't provide an objective or provide a poorly stated objective, that's what we are doing to our students.

Lesson Objective

  • Topic
  • Final Assessment
  • Thinking level

Teachers generally do very will in identifying the topic, or what is going to be learned, for students. The objective should also identify what every student will do with the information or topic (assessment). The thinking level is identified by the verb, which should be an action verb. See Bloom's Taxonomy for more information on thinking levels.

Sample Objectives:

The students will add 3 numbers and by the end of the lesson students will be able to complete 8 problems.


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