Article | But, What’s the Objective?
Meera was running late for her science class. The bus was late as usual, and a truck breakdown didn’t make things any easier. When she reached school, she hurried to the staff room to collect her things. As she was leaving the staff room, she bumped into her colleague Roy.
“Good morning Meera”, said Roy. “Er…ya good morning to you, excuse me, but I’m running late for my class.” said Meera. “What are you teaching today?”, Roy added, clearly disregarding Meera’s excuse request. “Umm..Soil.” she quickly muttered and walked out.
Roy followed her out with more questions, “Why teach them about soil?”. “Because it’s part of their syllabus Roy.” she answered impatiently. “Oh, I meant what’s the objective?” he said. “The objective?” asked Meera, as she stopped walking. She stood still for a second with her eyebrows frowned, and replied “The objective is that they should be able to name and describe the soil types and answer questions in their test.”
“Hmm…so there’s really no point in having them learn about soils.”, sighed Roy. “What do you mean no point?” argued Meera. “Well, if the objective is to only have them learn information and recall it, and not really know how and where to use it, then there’s no point in learning, is there?” said Roy.
Meera stared at him, speechless. She realized what Roy was arriving at. She realized that she had planned her lesson on the textbook content, and was teaching to only provide information, and not to help students understand how the information can be useful to them or why in the first place, do they even need to learn about soil.
She had planned her lesson, without thinking about why she was teaching the concept – she had not thought about the end goal or the learning objective.
Video: New Teacher Survival Guide: Planning: Watch this video by the Teaching Channel to see how Nicole Rubinetti, a high school teacher, works with her coach Meg Murray to set objectives for her lesson and plan her class session.
What could be the objectives for teaching soil to a grade 6 class? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.