Day 21: Draft or Edit Student Learning Objectives

“Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13–14

As I mention in 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, I love Steven Covey’s phrase “begin with the end in mind” from his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. At some point in our lives all of us teachers and catechists can become guilty of assigning just “busy-work” and not activities that lead to a meaningful goal.

Today’s exercise is meant to help you focus on the goals you set for your students so you can cut out all the unnecessary activities that don’t help your students reach that goal. Today you will begin your class with the end in mind.

Follow the steps in the book for Day 21 to draft or edit your next lesson’s learning objectives. There are a number of other places here at The Religion Teacher that will help you, especially the free eBook, The Religion Teacher’s Guide to Lesson Planning. Listed below are a number of other articles about crafting learning objectives.

Resources for Creating Effective Learning Objectives