The argument, as I understood it, wasn't whether we should use Learning Objectives but more whether there is any direct impact on children's learning by asking them to copy it out for every lesson? After asking fellow teachers what happens in their school, it seems the majority make children copy the learning objective out for no other reason than for evidence.
I was amazed that the only alternative if children didn't copy the LO was that teachers either copy the LO out or will print them onto 30+ stickers and stick them in every child's book! Where teachers find the time for this I don't know and how much of the school budget is used on stickers, printing and photocopying. However it got me thinking about finding a way in which technology can be used to make this easier. Finding a way teachers can evidence all the learning objectives without wasting time asking children to copy it out or create more work for themselves.
One possible method would be using a combination of Google Documents and QR Codes. This would how it would work -
- Teachers will need to create a Google Drive account.
- From here, they can make a Google Document, the google doc is an online word document that can be accessed/edited from any device.
- The teacher could write the date, learning challenge, links to National Curriculum, lesson outcomes, differentiated objectives/tasks or any other information they would need to include, but would only have to write it once.
- By pressing the Share button in the top right corner, the web link for the doc can be copied and pasted into the website - QRStuff.com to produce and create a QR Code link -
- This QR code can be printed 30+ times on one sheet of paper and glued into the children's book at the start of each week, half term or topic.