Sienna, my 4 year old daughter, and I are happy to share with you our next steps in learning Phonics within the Agile Based Learning Environment (ABLE). After developing our "Learned It" chart from the prior post, which we set clarity for our quality of learning, we now need to identify our Learning Objectives, continuing without Princess theme!
Artifact #2: Design The Learning Objectives
Learning Objectives should make it clear what a learners should "know or be able to do..that the could not do before" .
With our Agile Based Learning Environment elements in mind, we design our Learning Objectives to be:
- highly visible, so we write them on cards or sticky notes and place them for all to see.
- understandable by the learner, so, we attempt to write them so the learner can understand. For Sienna’s age, we will need pictures as part of the Learning Objectives.
- adaptable, so we make learning concepts independent from one another so that we can choose the right learning at the right time.
- Even with my 4 year old, connecting her learning to a relevant purpose, let's her know that the learning is for a reason. Not just because I tell her to. Meaning is a powerful intrinsic motivator.
The Learning Objective Card Format
The Learning Objective Card format looks like this below.
|Learning Objective Card Format Example|
The Learning Objective card follows the format below:
I want to ___________ ________________,
(Bloom’s Verb) (Learning Concept)
I want to distinguish between words beginning and ending with B,
so that I can read by myself like my cousin.
We repeated this for the remaining consonants. The Learning Objective cards take some of the best practices great teachers use today, supported by powerful learning and motivational theories, by making it highly visible, adaptable, meaningful to the learner. It sets the stage for the learner to enter deep engagement, the flow state, with their learning.
- The purpose behind the ABLE practices is to be lightweight and simple. All you need to write learning objectives in this way are index cards and a marker.
- Want to try this in the classroom or with your teaching teams? Check out this powerful visual Learning Objective generation board. Better yet, get your students to help co-create the learning objectives!
Sienna and I will share how we use the Learning Objective Cards to make a highly visual and adaptable learning roadmap, that we call the Learning Backlog, which offers many advantages over the traditional static curriculum planning and curriculum maps. Stay tuned, you'll enjoy how a simple visual tool empowers learners to be in control of their learning and allows the differentiated instruction.
Sienna and John