Take Your Lesson Planning Skills To The Next Level: Write Compelling Aims & Objectives


Aims = General Goals
Objectives = Specific Goals


Aims


  • Aims are general statements of intent.
  • Aims indicate the overall goals of the session.
  • Aims are written from the yoga teacher’s perspective
  • Aims state what the course will try to provide.
  • Aims give us a path to follow & a destination to hit.
  • Aims help your students become better students.
  • Aims explain your intentions to your students.
  • Aims help keep students coming back to your class
  • Aims enable teachers to think deliberately about student progress.

Examples of AIM words that can be used:

Ability

Ensure

Explore

Help

Promote

Broaden

Enhance

Enable

Inform

Provide

Create

Equip

Facilitate

Instruct

Show

Demonstrate

Explain

Foster

Introduce

Skills

Develop

Encourage

Give

Involve

Teach

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Examples of AIM phrases:

Give practical experienceDevelop the abilityFoster knowledge & understandingDevelop the ability to read & analyseGive a grounding
Provide students with the necessary knowledge & skills to be able toProvide a range of opportunitiesEncourage independenceDemonstrate how to

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Objectives


  • Objectives increase clarity.
  • Objectives help to keep track of learning outcomes for your students.
  • Objectives contribute to the achievement of the larger goals (AIMS).
  • Objectives give your yoga class a clearly defined target.
  • Objectives keep teachers inspired because it focuses attention on the BIGGER PICTURE.


Objectives words include:

Knowledge

Attitudes

Skills

Analyse

Attend

Co-ordinate

Classify

Accept

Demonstrate

Compare

Become aware of

Discover

Define

Develop

Modify

Demonstrate

Decide

Move

Explain

Indicate

Perform

Justify

Influence

Practice

List

Organise

Share

Measure

Judge

 

Name/Recall

Revise

 

Predict

Face

 

Recognise

Listen

 

State

 

 

Summarise

 

 

 

Learning objectives start with this phrase: 

By the end of the session the student will be able to…

Type of objective:      

Knowledge                  
By the end of the session the student will be able to
name two postures in Sanskrit.

Attitudes                      
By the end of the session the student will be able
to indicate changes they can make to their diet.

Skills 
By the end of the session the student will be able to practice pigeon pose safely. 

Objectives can be fulfilled: 

  • in a single yoga class
  • over a 6 or 10 week course
  • over a year or more

Teaching methods that can help you attain your Objectives: 

  • Case-study
  • Discovery
  • Demonstration
  • Discussion
  • Games
  • Lecture
  • Repetition
  • Practice
  • Projects
  • Reading
  • Repetition
  • Role-play
  • Talk-through

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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