Clever Way to State the Behavioral Objective

I was reading an article online not too long ago that mentioned not stating behavioral objectives up front, but instead setting the learner to a task requiring the skill being taught in that lesson. The idea is that the learner will fail at the task, providing the teacher a natural lead-in to instruction.

At first, I looked at that and thought it was pretty cool. Then, I thought about how I teach at Sylvan and realized I already do that with my math kids to see if they can challenge the skill of if they need instruction.

When you “announce” the behavioral objective this way, the learned understands they’ll be learning the skill(s) necessary to complete the initial task. It’s more natural, and the learner has already “bought in” because they have an immediate need for the skill.


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