(Ch. 8) Setting the Objective

Setting Objectives 
Letting students interact with objectives and taking ownership of the them is a key to this high-yield strategy.  Of course many of these ideas can be used at the end of the lesson when the students are given an opportunity to revisit the objective or goal.

Read more about Setting Objectives.

Objective Score Sheet Templates - Has a variety of templates and videos.

Smart Notebook Ideas

Interactive Notebook

Have students write down the day's objective(s) and rate their effort and knowledge.  A template is provided to replicate what an interactive notebook might look like complete with fun clipart.

Questions - Objectives
These files include a set of questions with the end goal in mind, an eye-catching image, and a place for the objective at the bottom.  The three questions currently included are "So where are we going?", "What are we building?", and "What will you create today?  Students can still use their interactive notebooks, these templates can just be a quick way to present your objective in a different way.
Rate the Objective
Have the students rate their knowledge of the objective.  The files contain templates with different scales including 4, 3, 2, 1; happy faces; and thumbs up.  Students can put a tally mark, sign their name or their initials in the column that matches their knowledge of the objective.  The important step is that they take a moment to reflect and then make their mark.  This can be done on a white board as well.  Project one of the templates on the white board and let students mark the appropriate category with a Expo marker.
Contains KWLW Charts and Smart Goals
Contains two different KWL charts.  One with Know, Want to Know, Learn, and Why columns and the other with Know, Want to Know, Predictions, Why columns.  It also contains a template on Smart Goals and an example.

Demonstrates keyword and image dice from the Lesson Activity Toolkit

Spinner with Timer 
Demonstrates using the spinner and firecracker timer to describe keywords in the objective.  Also shows a pull tab example.

App Resources

As the district continues to embrace one-to-one education, more and more students are finding acceptance by educators for using their various mobile devices in the learning process. (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD). The district is discovering that high-yield strategies can also be implemented with students using their own devices. Not only are there an abundance of “apps” that facilitate the high yield strategies, but the resources of the Internet are available to the students as well.

  iSpreadsheet Free Students can replicate the Objective Score Sheets and track them electronically.
  Socrative                 Socrative allows for immediate feedback via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.  There are two apps, a teacher and student, which work together to create a student response system.  The apps are available on both the droid and apple formats.  It can also be run from a computer or netbook making it a great tool in BYOD or PD situations as well.

  Web Resources  

Revisiting the Objective

At the end of the lesson, students need to be given an opportunity to revisit the objective.  This provides the students a chance to generalize or summarize the learning.  Dr. Pollock describes it as "putting the tab on the folder."  Many of the same strategies that are used in setting the objective can be used to revisit the objective.  However, some ideas might lend themselves way or the other.
Smart Notebook Ideas  

Putting the Tab on the Folder
Have partners decide the number of "folders" they would need to organize the lesson ideas and what the tabs would be.  One pair can use the Smart template provided.

Tweet Me
Have students "tweet" about something they learned about the objective.
  • Smart Notebook File
Text Me
Have students write a "text message" on a sticky note to their shoulder partner sharing 2 things they learned and 1 thing they want to know more about.  One pair can be at the board creating a text message for the class using the Text Me Smart template.  The template has the iPhone keyboard cloned so students can drag letters from the keyboard to make their message for the class. 

The stoplight gives students an opportunity to express how their understanding related to the objective has changed over the course of the lesson.