Best Practice

The learning objective: Dos and don’ts

The role of a clear learning objective in a great lesson is undeniable. Jessica Richards gives us three things to consider and two things to avoid when writing your learning objectives

Start up a conversation about learning objectives with fellow teachers and educationalists and you are guaranteed to enter a quagmire of disaccord.

The first thing you will probably realise is that in education we have mimicked the joy of the English language and provided an array of different labels for the same thing.

From “learning goal” to “lesson outcome” or even the “key question”, teachers are all thinking the same: what do we want our students to learn?

On the face of it, it might appear that what you call it and how a teacher writes it down is simply semantics. However, many a lesson will have been lost to the abyss due to one simple fact: an unclear learning objective.

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