Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Writing Lesson Objectives

The title is boring...and the subject is hard for college students to grasp.  I have found a basic formula that I ask the students in a low level course to use.  It is four parts...I give them a handout, an example, a color coded model, practice, etc., etc, etc. and it is still tricky.

Today the students are working together in groups to plan a lesson presentation with the books they wrote for the class.  When they present, it will be a time to shine and share and learn and yes, I ask them to write a measurable instructional objective.  And the four parts are condition, perform, product, criteria.

I am borrowing a book shared with us during the month of March from Linda.  She shared Lemonade and Other Found Poems.  Today for the class's warm up I will share two examples from the book and then three of my own.  Here is the one with the four parts needed for a measurable instructional objective.

Condition            Perform               Product                                Criteria
                 To do
                         Form to fit                                                                                                                                                                 
                C = Prop
                P = Action
                P = Noun
                C = Rate

                                No tear  ----- No  pout ----- No fear

Can do

Then they will try the task...we will share...they will process and work together.  Hopefully this will make the task easier plus they will have a great tool to use with their future students.  (Thank you, Linda!)


  1. Seney, I wish I were in your class. It sounds fun and helpful.

  2. How cool is that?! I love the way teachers build on each others' ideas - it makes the profession so much richer and more fun.

  3. When one is just beginning, it is a tough thing to understand, the terms, the goals, the how's & when's & what's. Guess I could go on, couldn't I? At my school we hire full-time assistants who often have not had education classes, much less degrees, but slowly, by watching & listening & then reading some, they get it. Some faster than others of course. I wish your students could watch a lesson, or have they? I find it very valuable. This is a good idea & they will love the Lemonade book!

    1. Linda, The students I work with watch many lessons. They spend 3 semesters working in a classroom one day a week prior to their student teaching. Each new semester they do more and more. The class that I am presently teaching is either before their first practicum experience or during their first. There were three presentations today and I was impressed. They were nervous (which I think is good) but all prepared well and were aware of their peer's reactions. AND yes, they did love Lemonade. Thanks for sharing the title with us in March.