Discover How to Display Learning Objectives in the Classroom

How to Display Learning Objectives in the Classroom

If you want to know the best practices for how to display learning objectives in the classroom, consider simplifying your word choices, use action words, and make the display clearly visible for your students.

Why do teachers display daily objectives in their classroom? Learning objectives, explain the knowledge and skills that you want your students to acquire with each lesson. The wording that is used for the objectives must be simple enough that your students can understand the meaning. Each objective should be as short and as clear as possible.

Learning objectives usually consist of these three types: learning, psychomotor, and attitudes. The action words that you can use are words that show the actions that you expect learners to perform. You can use action words like List (Remember), Classify (Understand), Use (Apply), Categorize (Analyze), Appraise (Evaluate), and Produce (Create).

Displaying learning objectives for your students can be done in different ways. Most teachers dedicate a section of their whiteboard to displaying the objectives for the lesson. They can be written in with a whiteboard marker or be printed on posters or strips. Other items can be incorporated for your display like objective pocket charts, and large store-bought blank objective posters.

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How to Display Learning Objectives in the Classroom

There are different styles for writing up and displaying classroom objectives. Teachers can make a learning objectives bulletin board on the wall, make an objectives chart on the whiteboard, hang up a pocket chart with objectives, or hang up posters with objectives on the wall.

Learning Objective Bulletin Boards for walls

Make an objectives bulletin board: Laminate some blank ‘I Can’ posters and list each one under a subject header card. Write in the objectives on the laminated posters with a dry erase marker. I found this free ‘I Can’ poster set that you can use from a fellow teacher seller, Teaching Eternity.

Weekly objectives bulletin board for each subject in dry erase sleeves

Write weekly objectives on posters: Use poster templates for writing your weekly objectives for each subject. Place them in dry erase sleeves on a bulletin board. I found some free templates that you can use, here.

Use large notebook line magnetic sheets: Large dry erase lined paper is great for writing your classroom objectives on. The lines will help you to write straight and neat.

Learning Objective Bulletin Boards for whiteboards

Make an objectives chart on your whiteboard: Use header cards in a table on your magnetic whiteboard. Magnetic tape or adhesive tape can be used to make the lines. Write in the objectives with a dry erase marker. The use of objective whiteboard displays is the most popular idea for how to display learning objectives in the classroom.

Pin laminated objective printouts to your whiteboard: This is the easiest way to display objectives. Teachers can have all of their objectives printed out and laminated in advance, so that when they need to display a certain objective, they can just take the one that is needed and pin it to the whiteboard with a strong magnetic pin.

Use a ready-made weekly planner whiteboard: A large weekly planner whiteboard has blank planning table with columns for the days of the week for you to write in your daily objectives under each column. Some teachers have very wordy descriptions for their daily objectives. This is great for getting a lot of words able to fit on your objectives display. It can fit the objectives for each subject under the days that they will be taught.

objectives bulletin board with dry erase sleeves

Use dry erase sleeves on your objectives bulletin board: This whiteboard area has been dedicated for displaying learning objecives. The objectives will be classed under the headings: What, How, and Why. Magnets can be used to hold the dry erase sleeves onto the whiteboard.

Objectives on whiteboard I can statements

Write ‘I Can’ Statements on your whiteboard: I like this simple objectives whiteboard display. The letters for the header were laminated, and the ‘I Can’ cards have images on them to reflect the subject area for each one. The objectives can be written in under each card.

Learning Objective Posters for the classroom

Use Classroom Objective Posters: There are classroom objective posters that you can write your objectives on. The large ones are from Really Good Stuff. They have a poster for objectives for  six subjects, and an ‘I Can’ Objectives chart. There is a smaller daily objectives chart created by Trend Enterprises. On these charts, you can use whiteboard markers on them and use a Mr. Clean sponge to wipe away the marker.

Learning Objectives Pocket chart

  • Use an objectives pocket chart: There are classroom objective pocket charts that you can keep objective chards in and change them out each day. There is a six subject pocket chart, and a twelve subject pocket chart. Both are from Really Good Stuff, and they each have the subject headers and the tabs for inserting the objectives for display. When teachers are asked about how to display learning objectives in the classroom, this is how most of them do it.

I hope this has helped you get ideas for how to display learning objectives in the classroom. For similar ideas to these, check out this blog post about displaying target standards in the classroom.

For making your classroom objective bulletin boards stay up on cinder block walls, I have some helpful tips in this blog post.

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