Lesson Plans

From a lecture by Amanda Gunning on the important aspects of lesson plans:

Backwards Planning

  • How does this lesson fit into your unit?
  • Where do you want to be at the end of the unit? Class period? Year?

Getting at Existing Student Knowledge and Experience

  • KWL Chart
  • Lists
  • Think, Pair, Share
  • Pre-test
  • Brainstorming
  • Existing Research
  • Student Responses to Questions

Bridge The Gap Between What They Know & Where You Want To Go:

What will the learning activities be?

  • Hands on
  • Inquiry
  • Real World Connections
  • Reflection
  • Speaker
  • Pop Culture

How to Reinforce Learning:

  • Follow up activity
  • Project
  • Ask kids to relate old topics to new lesson
  • Homework
  • Post test
  • Lab activity with discussion and questions
  • Summary discussions at the end of class

Give Students Tools to Promote Success:

  • Address issues in class
  • Teach good note taking skills
  • Equation sheets
  • Practice Problems
  • Word Walls
  • Graphic Organizer
  • Hints
  • Problem Solving Protocols (free body diagram, etc)
  • Doable assignments/homework –> classwork should always be harder than homework
  • Accommodations for those who need it
  • Sample activities and modeling

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