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SWBAT: Communicating Learning Goals

Lesson Objective: Make objectives clear to students
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Why is it important to make learning objectives explicit?
  2. How do students participate in SWBAT?
  3. Objectives are specific and measurable, while learning goals may be more broad. How could you use both in your practice?

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  • Private message to Jessica Lockett

I will use  both by starting a lesson presenting the objective goal, and throughout the lesson telling my students what learnign goals we've achieved thus far. Also, at the end of the lesson gaining feedback from the studens to see what they have learned from the lesson. 

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  • Private message to Jessica Lockett

Students familiarize themselves with the learning objective througout the lesson being taught.

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  • Private message to Jessica Lockett

It is important to make learning objectives explicit , because it gives the students clear communcation of what is expected to be learned.

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  • Private message to Danye Levi

This looks great for students! I like learning objectives because it gives students a goal and expectation and it helps me to stay on track during the lesson to make sure I reach it. 

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Why is it important to make learning objectives explicit?

I feel this helps the student identify the reasoning behind a lesson. I've heard student meant, why are we even doing this have the ojective help the students understand the "why" for the for the lesson

How do students participate in SWBAT?

​​​​​Having the student reiterate the acronym, helps them to be active in their learning. it's not something that the teachers just saying or writing on the board it actually has meaning for the students.

Objectives are specific and measurable, while learning goals may be more broad. How could you use both in your practice?

Explaining the goal and objectives to students prior to starting a lesson or new unit, can help them better understand and prepare for the information that you would like your students to know. Giving them an overall goal and having small objectives to meet that goal could help students be more successful.

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  • Interviewer: SWBAT, so this is something that has been just really effective in our classroom. We have on our whiteboard,

    Interviewer: SWBAT, so this is something that has been just really effective in our classroom. We have on our whiteboard, a box that says SWBAT. SWBAT.

    Respondents: SWBAT.

    Interviewer: SWBAT.

    Respondents: SWBAT.

    Interviewer: Students will.

    Respondents: Students will.

    Interviewer: Be able to.

    Respondents: Be able to.

    Interviewer: Capitalize.

    Respondents: Capitalize.

    Interviewer: Proper nouns.

    Respondents: Proper nouns.

    Interviewer: SWBAT.

    Respondents: SWBAT.

    Interviewer: SWBAT stands for students will be able to. It states what our objective or our learning goal is for a particular lesson. SWBAT.

    Respondents: SWBAT.

    Interviewer: I will say and write the objective, and students will repeat it. It sort of has a rhythmic tone to it. It just signals to student’s brains, okay, this is our goal for the next 15, 30, 45 minutes. The more we could be transparent with students, the more we model meta-cognition, and we get them thinking about their own thinking and learning.

    We also help them become more effective. SWBAT.

    Respondents: SWBAT.

    [End of Audio]

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