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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Posting Lesson Objectives

Today's post is a simple one: after getting several questions about my lesson objectives boards I realized I never specifically explained them anywhere on my blog! If you're looking for a simple way to post lesson objectives or "I can" statements for multiple grades, here's how I do it.

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This is perhaps one of the easiest DIY projects I've ever done: I teach seven grade levels, so I went to the dollar store and got seven picture frames, then got scrapbook paper in seven different colors. I cut each piece of paper to the size of the frame, put a sticker in the corner to indicate the grade level, and stuck it inside the frame instead of a photo. Ta-da! 

Over the years I've changed out the poster above the frames, and added one of these pen holders to keep a dry erase marker nearby, but the frames have stayed the exact same for almost a decade now! Actually the color paper I ended up choosing for the frames have become my designated colors for those grade levels in everything else: in my lesson planner, drawer organizer, grade level expectation posters, etc. So they may seem small and insignificant but they have had a big impact!

I like being able to write the objectives in dry erase instead of printing out signs and posting those, because it's much quicker for me to handwrite and I can add/ remove/ tweak things more easily as I go. And I know some teachers like to have the objectives in their lesson slides, but I've found I prefer having them posted separately somewhere where any administrator can see them no matter when they come in my room, and students can see what other grades are working on (they do sometimes comment on that, actually).

I hope this helps you if you're looking for an easy way to post your objectives in your classroom! If you want to see what the rest of my classroom looks like, here's my latest classroom tour for the 2022-2023 school year. And if you want a copy of the poster I have above the frames (and any of the other coordinating posters I use all over my classroom), you can find it in this set with the rules and procedures posters.

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