As teachers, we formulate learning objectives so that we can keep track of where we are going with our teaching. Well-designed lesson objectives yield information about success, failure, and all those areas in between. Objectives, particularly those designed for higher order thinking, are not always achieved. That is when we reflect and refine until we get it right.
Earlier in this class, someone indicated that (and I’m paraphrasing) if students are given the objectives before the lesson is taught, the overall effect may include a reduction in enthusiasm for the lesson. I think that may be the case for some students, but not all. Some students want to know why we are doing what we are doing.