Spotlight on Instruction - July 10
BCSSSD @Lumberton, Principal Kamau
Outcomes for a lesson should be specific and doable in the time provided, and activities become the means by which the students demonstrate their learning of the intended outcomes. When outlining instructional outcomes, be sure that they represent what you want students to learn and aren't activities masquerading as outcomes.
Activity: Students will work in small groups using the number line and will work individually on worksheet page 23.
Outcome: At the end of math class today, you will be adding two digit numbers accurately. This outcome allows the teacher to assess how well students can add two-digit numbers and to determine which students may need more individual instruction and which students are ready to move on.
Activity: Read question #3 on page 47. Work with a partner to answer the question.
Outcome: Today you will use your problem solving skills to resolve the following dilemma...The outcome is not about the answer to the dilemma, but rather the thinking students engage in to come to a resolution. The outcome allows the teacher to uncover how students are thinking about a situation and provides an opportunity to probe for deeper thinking.
Just one more example...
Activity: Students will begin working on their research paper.
Outcome: Students will develop a thesis statement to begin the research project. The lesson outcome is not the research project, but rather a specific step in the process of the research project. The teacher is able to assess how well students understand the concept of thesis statements as well as guide the scope of the project.