Take Your Lesson Planning Skills To New Heights: Discover How To Write Compelling Aims & Objectives

 

Intro

“Aims & Objectives Are The Rock Stars Of Your Lesson Plan.”

If you’re in a hurry.

Stop!

Really, I mean it. Stop.

Slow down.

Read this post slowly.

And read it multiple times, slowly. 

And if you’re like me, come back this post every time you create a new yoga lesson plan. Yes, even moi, the creator of this Aims & Objectives post, uses it as a vital resource for my own yoga lesson planning.

If there’s only one blog post you read on my site, make it this one. 

Without aims and objectives a yoga class becomes just another run-of-the-mill generic exercise class. So, it’s well worth spending a few extra minutes crafting aims and objectives.

By setting aims and objectives, yoga teachers give themselves and their students a sense of purpose and direction. Having a sense of direction for each class is immensely liberating.

I usually start with an “aim” for the class, and write two or three “objectives”. Then when creating the plan (using the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner) I might add another one or two objectives.

A yoga class “objective” is a milestone towards achieving the “aim”.

Objectives need to be SMART so that yoga teachers know what progress it has made towards achieving the aim.

Smart Objectives 

Specific: clear and easy to understand
Measurable: able to be quantified
Achievable: possible to be attained
Realistic: not ‘pie in the sky’
Time bound: associated with a specific time period (e.g. one class, or a six week yoga course)

So, to put it in a nutshell…

Aims are general goals. Objectives are specific goals.

 

Aims: General Goals 

 

  • 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: Specific Goals

 

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

Aims & Objectives Examples


Example 1

AIM: Explore surrendering to slowness. Enable students to notice when they’re rushing (e.g. when they’re at work) and to give themselves permission to slow down – by slowing their breath and movements.

OBJECTIVES: By the end of the lesson students should/will be able to:

  • Perform the floor sequence (see handout)
  • Perform kaya kriya breath
  • Perform mudras (preparing for sectional mudras and chants)
  • Perform full breath with mudras and chanting
  • Become aware of slowing the breath
  • Move slowly from one pose to the next
  • Stay in poses for longer before moving to the next one
  • Judge what it feels like to allow slowness in

 

Example 2

AIM: Encourage grit by exploring your physical edge

OBJECTIVES: By the end of the lesson students should/will be able to:

  • Perform Sun Salutations B
  • Perform Dog Down with focus on weight on knuckles
  • Perform a new mudra
  • Perform mantra (OM GUM GANAPATEYIE NAMAHA)
  • Perform INVERSIONS to end asana session
  • Perform upward abdominal lock
  • Accept losing balance (exploring physical edge) in dancer pose
  • Define grit (read sections from “Grit” book)

 

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