Some Ideas about Teaching
Teaching Objectives and Learning Outcomes
I have always tried to get staff to
distinguish between teaching objectives and learning outcomes.
are what you, as a teacher, are trying to achieve.
There is some benefit, I suppose, in couching these in Ofsted-speak.
They will cover such things as 'Develop understanding of long-term causation
(WWI)'/ 'Reliability of a source'/ 'Facts of the Cuban Missiles Crisis'.
- FOR YOU the evidence that they have appropriated the skills/content
you intended (i.e. as evaluated by your plenary)
- FOR THE PUPILS the concrete things that they are going to learn how
These should be couched in 'pupil-speak' and written on the whiteboard.
They are best preceded by the phrase: 'By the end of the lesson you will be
and will cover such things as 'identify FOUR long-term causes of World War
I', 'explain TWO ways an historian can analyse the reliability of a source',
'relate the [TEN] key events of the Cuban Missiles Crisis'.
THIS is what you should write on your 'lesson objectives' boards (though at
Greenfield we call the 'Learning Outcomes' boards).
The Greenfield generic
requires the teacher to identify BOTH the Teaching Objectives and the
It is a good way to teach because it makes the teacher:
1. think about what it is he wishes to teach
2. express it in child-speak
3. test whether he was successful in a plenary.
Posted on: Sep 29 2005,