By Craig McKinney, AVID Staff Developer
What are you teaching tomorrow? If I asked you that, you might respond in several ways:
“Act II of Romeo and Juliet.”
“The French Revolution and the American Revolution.”
“I don’t know yet. I have to make it through today first.”
Maybe answering a question like that makes you uncomfortable. In many cases—perhaps most—we gauge our classroom experiences not by what we are teaching but by what our students are learning or doing. Teachers who want to make the learning clear to students do so by informing them of the learning objectives for a particular lesson or for a unit as a whole. Students like to be told what they’re supposed to be learning or doing so they can figure out whether it’s happening.