Lesson objectives are the key element in creating effective lesson plans. There is no measure of whether a particular lesson plan produces the desired learning results, the reason for this is that without stated objectives. Time needs to be spent before creating a lesson plan n writing effective objectives, therefore. Objectives must include two elements in order to be effective and complete. First an objective tells students what they are going to be learning in a lesson. The objective, however, does not end there. They would read like a table of contents in case it did. It must give the students some idea of how their learning is going to be measured in order for an objective to be complete. There is no way that you can produce the evidence necessary to show that the objectives were in fact met unless your objectives are measurable in some manner. Objectives should be written as a single sentence. A lot of teachers like to start their objectives with a standard beginning such as: "Upon completion of this lesson, the student will be able to...."

Lesson objectives that produce results

Objectives must include an action verb that helps the students understand what they are going to learn and how they will be assessed. The best place to look for these verbs is in Taxonomy of Bloom. Bloom looked at verbs and how they related to learning, dividing them into six levels of thinking. These verbs are an excellent starting point for writing effective objectives. Following is an example of a simple learning objective that meets the criteria listed above: the student will be able to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius upon completion of this lesson. Students will understand exactly what is expected of them by stating this objective from the beginning. They will be able to measure their own learning if they can successfully convert fahrenheit to Celsius despite everything else that might be taught in the lesson. The objective gives the instructor an indication of how to prove that learning has taken place in addition to this. The teacher should create an assessment that has the student perform temperature conversions. The results from this assessment show the teacher whether or not the students have mastered the objective. Objectives must define what is going to be learned and must give an indication of how that learning will be assessed. The main problem that teachers encounter when writing objectives is in the choosing of the verbs that they use. Taxonomy of Bloom is a great place to find many action verbs that can be used when writing learning objectives as previously stated. It can be tempting to use other verbs that are not part of the taxonomy such as enjoy, understand, appreciate, and like, however. This objective does not work for a couple of reasons. First, the word understand leaves a lot open to interpretation. There were a number of reasons why tobacco was important to the settlers at Jamestown. Which one should they understand?