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5 Objectives to Meet the Standard

created using Tis The Season For Waste template
published by Nate Binzen

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5 Objectives to Meet the

Standard

The course: History of Christianity II: Reformation to the Present

5 SMART lesson objectives to promote student learning related to a defined standard

THE STANDARD

SMART: a mnemonic acronym for:

“be able to recognize how Christianity’s internal struggles have impacted the church”

• Specific • Measurable or observable • Attainable for the audience • Relevant and results oriented • Timely and targeted to learner/level

Note: this is a college-level course

Students engage in a mock confrontation between the two sides of the chosen issue, with open books, and each side attempts to make/score all the points that support their position

Objective 1:

Specific

Identify the two main perspectives on any divisive issue around which a group formed in opposition to the prevailing orthodox view (example: the appropriate age for baptism in the sixteenth century)

S

Each student will be required to contribute at least one comment

Measurable

M

Students will be assigned to prepare for the class activity the week before, with a specific reading

Attainable

A

The activity itself will provide context for engaged learning

Relevant

R

It’s achievable in one class period

Targeted/ timely

T

As a class, we will do an open-book discussion of the formation of a particular group, such as Methodists, seeking to identify aspects of identity that relate to its founders’ theological stance

Specific

Identify the relevant characteristics a new independent group that formed as a result of decisive differences

S

Count how many points are captured vs. included in the book

Measurable

M

Guided discussion of assigned reading matches the level of achievement the course requires

Attainable

A

Based on the quality of the discussion

Relevant

R

Within a single class period

Targeted/ timely

T

Objective 2:

Assess what is most important about the existence of a particular group, such as, say, Quakers.

Objective 3:

Specific

Express in written or verbal form an understanding of the significance a breakaway sect or denomination

S

The focus is not just on understanding, but on communication – a gradable one-page writing assignment, or a 1-2-minute presentation in class

Measurable

M

There’s a particular assigned task to be completed

Attainable

A

The idea of defining “significance” is pretty abstract and high-level. Evidence of progress is sufficient achievement

Relevant

R

To be completed in one week/class

Targeted/ timely

T

A short homework exercise to reinforce knowledge required for upcoming test

Specific

Write a list of at least 3 instances of church groupings that began by separating from the mother church, with a brief definition of the main motivation for their separation.

S

Gathering 3 instances, which shows understanding of a trend

Measurable

M

Completion of assignment

Attainable

A

Students’ selection of groups shows grasp on the question, and definition of group’s motivation shows understanding of the essential point of their initial identity

Relevant

R

To be completed in one week/class

Targeted/ timely

T

Objective 4:

Write a one-page analysis and reflection that relates history to present and demonstrates one way in which the bearers of the Christian faith have changed

Objective 5:

Specific

Describe a point of difference in belief that was important centuries ago and seems to be very unimportant or irrelevant to most Christian believers today – even of the denomination or sect that grew out of taking a decisive position on it

S

Judge conformity of written assignment to requirements

Measurable

M

Assignment may be a stretch

Attainable

A

Relate the historical to student's own experience and contemporary knowledge

Relevant

R

To be completed in one week/class

Targeted/ timely

T