LWISD Bullfrog Bulletin

January 8, 2016

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.--unknown

Principal PLC--Thursday, January 7, 2016

Instructional Objectives

Robert Mager, in his book Preparing Instructional Objectives, describes an objective as “a collection of words and/or pictures and diagrams intended to let others know what you intend for your students to achieve” (3). Teachers in LWISD classrooms have embraced the four-part objective, but why are we writing objectives in this format? The idea is that the “by” portion of the objective describes the output or the demonstration of learning. In other words, how will I as an instructor know whether or not my students understood the content at the level specified in the objective? The “by” portion is the way in which the objective will be measured. It is all about formative assessment. The “by” portion should be used by the teacher daily to determine if students understand the material; in other words, it should guide future instruction. This offers the proof as to whether or not students learned the material. It also increases the likelihood that students retain important learning. It is no longer enough to say that I as a teacher taught the material. We must always ask ourselves whether or not students learned it. The “by” portion or product is not a test or quiz but a task, product or answer that demonstrates mastery of the content.

Coming Up:

Monday, January 11--Navigator Meeting @4:00 - 5:15 pm @ LWHS Library

Week of January 11-15--Content-Based Assessment 2

Thursday, January 14 & 15--Individual Principal Meetings

Friday, January 15--Teaching and Learning Coaches @ 9:00 am

Monday, January 18--Waiver Staff Professional Development Day

The Shortest Path

David Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion purports , “All other things being equal, the simplest explanation or strategy is the best.”

•It is about mastery of the objective and what gets you there best and fastest: group work, multi-sensory approaches, open inquiry, Socratic seminars, discussions, and lectures are neither good not bad for a teacher to use except in how they relate to this goal. Take the shortest path, and throw out all other criteria." In other words, use the best "by" to ensure that students reach the necessary level of Bloom's Taxonomy the quickest and most effective way.