Planning and Preparation

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Preparation and planning might be the most important part of teaching. If well prepared and intentional in delivering a lesson, learning is sure to follow. There is a lot that goes into planning a dynamic, differentiated lesson that is targeted and aligned to meet the needs of every learner in a classroom.

Be Intentional

Begin by stating your contentions
Clear learning targets driven by essential questions
Standard alignment and balance
Describe where the learning is situated in the broader scope of the course
Outline scaffolding and extensions for struggling and advanced learners

Be Flexible

Consider different pathways to learning
Predict and plan for possible student misconceptions
Allow appropriate time
Provide meaningful and timely feedback

Be Engaging

Include appropriate learning activities that appeal to various learning styles
Highlight real world connections
Plan several transitions that minimize loss of instructional time
Identify 21st century learning skills or strategies that would enhance the lesson

Be Informed

Identify what learning will look like
Assign appropriate groups with specific roles and responsibilities if applicable
How will you formatively assess whether students have it or not
List questions that touch all depth of knowledge levels

Templates
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