I moved to the U.K. in September and started as a supply teacher. I had heard of learning objectives and steps to success but had never used them before. In Ireland, we often don’t share what we want to achieve by the end of the lesson and how the child can be successful. These are two vital pieces of information that the child needs to know.

The learning objective (L.O.) is written in easy to understand language for example;

L.O. To solve word problems

Steps to success:
Read the problem
Underline key words
Choose the calculation
Solve the problem
Check your answer. (doing inverse operation)

The child then knows and understands what to do and how to do it. The child can then self evaluate according to the criteria given at the beginning of the lesson.

An alternative is We are learning to .. (WALT) and What it should look like… (WISLL).