Flipping Lesson Design: Moving The Learning Objective To The End

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There would be few teachers haven’t been advised to publish lesson objectives at the beginning of every lesson.

After all, this is a signal for students where the learning is going, and can help keep teachers and students on the same page. But for many teachers, this has largely been an ineffective strategy, with students just mindlessly writing them down and rarely independently checking their learning against them as the lesson unfolds.

John Dabell succinctly articulates a possible reason: It could be argued, that we need to accomplish the learning first before we can understand what the learning objective is and what the knowledge and understanding relates to. Many teachers concur, and after years of adhering to the expectation of writing down learning objectives (Los) at the start of lessons, at the beginning of the year, maybe this is a chance to try something different.

 

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