The NO objective / outcomes lessons… Would OFSTED like it????
January 2, 2012 4 Comments
I’ve trialled the ‘NO OBJECTIVE / OUTCOMES’ lessons with my Year 7 gymnastics class. I gave them a basic framework to the lesson – ‘ You are working on a sequence that needs to include these things (travel, level & shape)’. I provided a ‘LEARNING BOARD’ where, at any point during the lesson, they could come up to me and explain what they had learnt (a new shape, how to mirror image, how long to hold a shape for etc..) and I would write it onto the board with their initials next to it. Other students, without my instruction, were then coming up to the board to learn something new from one of their peers. I then used the ‘Learning Board’ as a basis for discussion during mini plenaries throughout the double lesson.
I found this gave the students autonomy & control over their learning instead of dictating what will be learnt at the start of the lesson with a standard ‘Today you will learn’ objective or ‘by the end of this lesson you will be able to..’
The question is, what would OFSTED think of this ‘discovery’ approach? Would it be possible to get an outstanding or even a good?
After the engagement created by using this process I’m not sure I’m bothered!!