Content and Language Objectives
Those of us in the firld of English Learner student achievement have been working with Content Objectives (what students will learn in a lesson) and Language Objectives (what specific language is required for the students to prove that s/he has learned what they are to learn) for quite a few years now.
The question is…
If you ask a student in your classroom (1) what they are learning, then (2) what s/he needs to do to prove they they have learned it, will the answers to those questions be similar to the communicated objective?
Every student needs to answer that question with an understanding of what you, the teacher, wants as an outcome of your teaching.
I encourage you to find a way to (1) communicate those objecitves to your students in the way you know best, (2) practice having them communicate them with their peers, and (3) work toward the goal of EVERY student in your classroom being able to communicate those important objectives. It may be difficult in the beginning, but I encourage you keep doing it with each lesson. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your classroom culture!!
Let me know if I can coach you in this process!