Teaching tip 3

When teaching ensure you use SMART objectives.

What does this mean ? It sounds very wordy !

Objectives are statements that describe what your learners will be able to do at the end of the class/day/week.  Let your class know what to work towards and what they will gain from the lesson.

The SMART mnemonic is often used in project management in order to evaluate the objectives of projects,  but it can be used to by teacher to ensure that their objectives are :

S - specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – realistic
T – timed

Make sure that the objective is specific. In other words, it has to be focused on one specific learning outcome. Try to make it as simple as possible, do not use complicated sentence structure and terms. After reading your objective, one should clearly see what is the skill, technique, approach, etc. your students will be able to show by the end of your lesson.

Make sure that the objective is specific, clear and state what you are trying to achieve and why.

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