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Objectives

Educational objectives are specific, measurable statements aligned with state standards that describe desired student behavior at the end of a lesson or unit of study.  Effective objectives ensure that teachers and students are focused on these outcomes.

A well-written objective must:

  1. be measurable
  2. be written in student behavioral terms (specify what learners will be able to do/ perform)
  3. start with verbs that align with the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
  4. use precise language

EXAMPLES:

  1. Students will be able to write an objective for a lesson or unit of study.
  2. Students will be able to compare and contrast the characteristics of at least two different planets in our solar system.

NON-EXAMPLES:

  1. Students will understand how to write an objective. (non-behavioral: vague, not measurable)
  2. Students will know about the solar system. (non-behavioral: vague, not measurable)

The following links provide additional information and examples:

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/EDTEC540/objectives/ObjectivesHome.html
(objectives tutorial)

http://interactive.snm.org/docs/Guideline_for_Wrtg_Objectives.doc
(objective verbs that align with Bloom’s Taxonomy)

http://classweb.gmu.edu/ndabbagh/Resources/Resources2/objective_formats.htm
(comparison of techniques for writing objectives)

http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/research/Write_Objectives.shtml
(examples of clearly-written objectives using the ABCD method)

www.whitestag.org/resources/sb2a2.htm
(categorized list of key words to use when writing objectives)

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