Learning Outcomes vs. Activities

Many times when I go into classrooms and work with teachers, I see that they have spent a lot of time on creating frameworks.

Frameworks teach kids routines. Whether it be how to rotate through centers or how to read the room or self read, these frameworks help with the management of the classroom.

These frameworks also guide you in focusing on the learning objectives and skills that you want kids to have when you are done teaching a certain concept. Over the course of the year, there are certain things that kids need to be able to do by the end of the year.

When you are thinking of what is going to have the biggest impact on getting the results, you want to break it down into small manageable chunks. These “chunks” are what ultimately become your learning objectives.


Creating Learning Objectives

First, you want to make sure that your learning objective is something that you can measure and that there is an action that kids are going to be able to do.

For example, let’s say your focus is that the kids will know the letter names and sounds for the letters M, S, T, and A by the end of the month. That is your learning objective.

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​Choosing Activities

Once you have your objective laid out, you want to then decide what activities you are going to use to get students to meet the learning objective. Everything you work on for that month is going to be around making sure you are explicitly teaching to meet that object.

Going back to the letter example above, you would choose activities that focus on just those letter names and sounds. You would also add enough review for students to be able to master it and be able to apply it.


This application of knowledge is a critical step that oftentimes is missed when kids are taught these skills in isolation, such as blending words or sight words.  Therefore, making sure you have a clear objective and then focus on the specific activities that support that objective, ensures your kids will get what they need and have a positive learning outcome.

When are you planning learning objectives and activities, you must consider:

  • What you want your kids to be able to do by the end of the month.
  • What activities you will use to help your kids learn.

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