EDRL 474: Week 3

Objectives and how they affect the classroom

Today we are addressing two questions:

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

And...

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

Advantages:

Classroom Performance

Echevarria, Vogt, and Short (2008) argue that lessons with specific learning goals will enable students to make connections between their own knowledge and apply it to the new information being taught. This also helps teachers by making sure they are applying the common core standards effectively when connecting the background knowledge. Vogt (n.d) states that anytime we can connect explicitly to the students background knowledge, the better it will be for the classroom.