The Case for Clear Objectives

 As seen from @mitchmosbey on April 2014 with the question: How do you post YOUR objectives? #satchat #satchatwc

As seen from @mitchmosbey on April 2014 with the question: How do you post YOUR objectives? #satchat #satchatwc

I'm not sure how many people describe the prospect of going into a meeting, any meeting, with any sort of positive emotion.  You never here, "YES! I have FIVE meetings today!"  Its usually with a groan or an eye roll.  For many people, meetings = time suck.  There's nothing worse than attending a meeting and feeling trapped, with no way out and an unclear purpose of structure.  Imagine how students feel when they walk into a classroom and their purpose is also unclear.  They know they are there to learn, but what?  How are they supposed to know what they are learning?  I cannot tell you how many prenatal classes I took while pregnant where each week our purpose for being together was completely unclear (other than the obvious bloat in our bellies).  Instead, the facilitator rambled on about her own birth story, participants shyly asked a few questions and I tried as subtly as possible to check my email on my phone.  For any class, workshop or gathering, I would like to make a plea for clearly established, posted, communicated and dissected learning or meeting objectives.  What should the group be able to do or learn by the end of their time together?  Write it up on some chart paper, a white board, the top of your meeting agenda or the first slide of your presentation.  Be specific.  Start with "Students or Participants will be able to...." For an absolutely beautiful example of this in action, check out literally the first 5 SECONDS of this teaching video I found on Youtube.