Differentiated Learning Objectives

In our previous department meeting  we had discussed how we could make our learning objectives accessible for all. We all went away for three weeks and last night showed and shared our first attempts and ideas for using differenetiated learning objectives. Excuse the bragging but our ideas were FAB. I have attached a word document showing 4 of our methods that have been used so far. Click here for the link.

What came out of the discussion on Monday was that we were all thinking of using these to aid our AfL as well. By setting these objectives at the start of a lesson we could then review them with our pupils or ask the class to review them themselves. Everyone then has a clear idea of how they are doing and what their next step is.

There was some concern about the amount of targets and objectives and aims the pupils would be taking on board, but we agreed that many of these ideas would work best if they were used over a series of lessons.

There were also different opinions about the use of  ‘all, most and some’ as an approach. Some people said it could be easy for a pupil to achieve the ‘all’ target and stop for the rest of the lesson. Others said it was a question of how you phrased and sold the idea of ‘all, most and some’.

The meeting covered much more than this too, but we all agreed that opening up the department meeting to discussion about teaching and learning’ wasextremely useful and the discussion will be continued at our next meeting too. We would be really interested to hear anyone else’s opinion and strategies as well.


8 thoughts on “Differentiated Learning Objectives

  1. Sounds good. I’m all for meeting being focussed on T&L. Anything else should be done via email.

    Suggestions on your word doc all look great (do I recognise a mutant child of my learning continuum there?) but I suggest looking at (and contributing to) @KristianStill’s ‘Ways of introducing Learning Objectives’: http://bit.ly/ndyvPX

    Cheers, David

  2. Hehe the mutant child was me stealing your idea tbh 😉
    thanks for the positive comments. I will pass them on and look up that link (when i have finished this marking)

  3. Thanks for the ideas… will be sharing these with my dept in the morning. I’ll let you know any feedback I get!

  4. All, most, some – change these to become – basic (thinking), deep (thinking), complex (thinking). Similar them but takes away amounts of students that could achieve and focuses on the depth of thinking needed to achieve.

    Love your ideas and definitely believe Onjectives have to have clear links to AfL.

    Keep up the great work.

    • Thanks for your comments John. Our department discussed the way we present these ideas and we agreed that the language we use to introduce them is the key to motivating pupils when we use them.

  5. The more that Teaching and Learning is discussed the better. It has generated some really good ideas. Looking at the ‘How pupils learn’ rather than the ‘What pupils learn’, is stimulating and enhances teaching.


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