When you teach kids, a learning objective is like the train track you can’t deviate from. It keeps you focused and keeps your students minds from wandering away from your education. It’s like the old adage: “If you aim at nothing, you’ll surely hit it.”
An example of what happens without an objective is like when you are having coffee with a dear friend and your conversation juts and skips all over the place. If you’re like me with my best friend, there is nothing linear about it. In this context it makes perfect sense to not have an “objective.” When you are teaching kids, on the other hand, a learning objective can get your class to 80% mastery (or higher) faster and more efficiently. Online lesson plans that have a learning objective are far more superior than those who don’t.
An example of a learning objective I do in fact is:
Today we will identify predicates in sentences.
We have a test coming up where they will be asked to do this. That is called “backward mapping,” looking at the end assessment and then creating your objective based on what they will be tested on. While teaching materials have some value, a learning objective is a must.