If you are a teacher, for sure you will know what a learning outcome is.
For those non-teachers out there, learning outcome is something that teachers wrote before entering his/her class. It is sort of like their goal for a certain Teaching and Learning session (T&L session) in their Buku Rekod (the big book that teachers carry everywhere). This is something that is compulsory for teachers (on daily basis) as we have to begin with an end in mind.
Writing a learning outcome is fairly easy. It should begin with the following sentence (i.e something along this line):
At the end of this lesson, the students should be able to:
Being an experienced teacher (cough) I kind of applying things that I do at work everyday in my not-related-to-work, daily life activities too. You know, like how mathematicians like to sum up (multiply, divide, or goodness in heaven, integrate) the plat number of the car that is in front of him/her in a traffic jam?
As I were saying, I applied the 'Writing a Learning Outcome' method for my off-day one day, and boy, did the day turned out to be one of the most useful day that ever passed.
I simply sat at my work station and started to plan ahead my off-day when suddenly, I did an (external) monologue with myself. "At the end of today, I should be able to ............", I chanted to myself. (p/s: Fill in the blank with the correct answer). (Oh and p/s #2: exaggeration on my part. My work station is really consisted of only a desk, a not so comfortable chair, a calendar and a pen holder that actually belong to my cats).
Did I achieve my 'learning' outcome? I sure did!
Apparently, it is true that if we have a destination, the chances are we will reach it.
Go on. Write your own 'learning'outcome for the day. But, remember! Make it SMART.
(S = specific, M = measurable, A = achievable, R = realistic, T = time-bound).