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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Importance of Objectives

   I have to admit when I first started teaching I didn't think it was worth my time to be constantly changing my objectives for every new subject. I mean how many 3rd graders really cared to read those, or referred to them?! However, once I started drawing my students' attention to the objectives, I saw a vast change in their understanding and attentiveness. Not only were students more aware of WHAT they were learning, they were also more aware of WHY they were learning it. Of course I still get the old, "When will I ever use this?!" question, but by sharing with students my objectives and reasoning for the lessons, they now buy into it more and take a more serious interest in their learning. 

   Currently a third of my white board is dedicated to my objectives. These objectives I change daily based on the lessons for each subject area. I also use this space to provide the language objectives and homework. Students know to use this space as a tool to keep themselves organized and on top of their learning. 

   In addition to these daily objectives, I also am working on posting the Common Core standards that we are focusing on. In math we are currently studying ratios and proportional reasoning. For these standards I have made easy to read, kid friendly "I can..." statements. I will post these on my math focus bulletin board and refer them often to keep kids from guessing, "Why are we learning this?!"

                             (Here is an example of my standards) 

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1 comment:

  1. Keep up the great work! Posting "I can..." statements is huge here in Texas as well as the objectives. The blog looks great for a beginner! :)