EDRL 474 AO3- Week 2 Assignments

LeAnn Zinke

What are some advantages to writing both content and language objectives for students to hear and see?

When content standards are made clear to the students they know exactly what is expected of them. Then they have a clear purpose for their learning. Echevarria, Vogt, and Short (2008) state that "Typically teachers do not consistently present objectives to students. As a result, students do not know what they are supposed to learn each day." I have seen this in lessons when the lesson is too broad and all you receive back is blank stares rather than the answer you are looking for. At least in second grade, I think we are doing a fairly good job at including this in our class connect sessions at NVVA. At the beginning, we state the objectives (both in writing and orally) in student friendly terms in the form of "I will be able to...." When the lesson is over we restate the objectives in the form of "I can....." .

How might written objectives affect teacher and student performance in the classroom?

I think written objectives are good for both the teachers and the students. Not only does it give the students a clear vision on what they are expected to learn but it also helps to make sure the teacher is staying on topic as well. MaryEllen Vogt (n.d.), states in the video that the SIOP teacher is in a constant cycle of assessment, teaching, reteaching, assessing again to ultimately determine if the students have grasped the material. Clarity of objectives by writing them gives the teacher the information needed to teach and assess.

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