Learning objectives should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant/Realistic, and Timed).
Follow the Formula: SWiBAT (Student Will Be Able To) + Active verb (from Bloom’s taxonomy) +Condition (as a result of) + Measurement (as measured by or as demonstrated by …) + When (at what timeline).
Action Verbs (Bloom’s Taxonomy):
Knowledge: Recall, identify, recognize, acquire, distinguish, state, define, name, list, label, reproduce, order, record, recall, relate, memorize, repeat
Comprehension: Translate, extrapolate, calculate, convert, interpret, abstract, transform, select, indicate, illustrate, represent, formulate, explain, classify, report, locate, discuss, describe, express, identify, recognize, locate, review
Application: Apply, show, interpret, sequence, carry out, solve, prepare, operate, generalize, plan, repair, explain, predict, demonstrate, instruct, compute, use, perform, implement, employ, solve, dramatize, sketch, employ, illustrate, practice, schedule, operate, use, decide
Analysis: Analyze, estimate, examine, compare, observe, detect, classify, discover, discriminate, explore, distinguish, catalog, investigate, breakdown, order, determine, differentiate, dissect, contrast, examine, interpret, solve, relate, diagram, appraise, test, calculate, relate, criticize,
Synthesis: Write, plan, integrate, formulate, propose, specify, produce, organize, theorize, design, build, systematize, combine, summarize, restate, argue, discuss, derive, relate, generalize, conclude, produce, create, compose, propose, prepare, plan, construct, formulate, organize, manage, assemble,
Evaluation: Evaluate, verify, assess, test, judge, rank, measure, appraise, select, check, judge, justify, evaluate, determine, support, defend, criticize, weigh, assess, value, revise, choose, score, select, assess, compare
Avoid using verbs that are difficult to measure objectively. The following verbs are difficult to assess, thus should be used with caution: know, comprehend, understand, appreciate, familiarize, study, be aware, become acquainted with, gain knowledge of, cover, learn, realize.