Teacher Planner Workbook: Module 2
Welcome to Day 2 of Plan It!
Lesson Planning Tip #1
Engaging your students
Before you begin, think about this. What will you do to set the stage for each of your lessons that will engage your students? Here are some ideas to think about as you plan your next 5 lessons.
1. Tap into background knowledge - Students come to school with certain types of background knowledge and experience. You will be surprised with what you learn from the students and their thoughts on specific topics. Use this opportunity to learn what the students know at the beginning of a lesson.
2. Make predictions- Prior to beginning a text, have students make predictions about what they think the text is about and write them down. This works great with short stories and novels. It is a valuable way to provide students with self- initiated direction for the lesson.
3. Brainstorm - Brainstorming allows for students to share as much of their knowledge about a certain topic. The goal of brainstorming is to gather ideas no matter the quality.
4. Watch a video clip related to the lesson - This is one of my personal favorites, no matter what age group. It gives students background knowledge of what you will be teaching and it opens up room for discussion. You do not want to spend more than 10 minutes on this.
5. Unpack the learning objective - This is something that should take place when you are introducing a new objective or reviewing the objective the next day. Click HERE to see it in action.
Let's get started.
In Module 1 you created your Backwards Design Plan. Today, you are going to develop your first of five lesson plans.
Task 1: Look back at your Backwards Design Plan that you created in Module 1. Use the information from your plan to develop an outline for your first lesson. Below is a link to a lesson plan template to get you started or you can use the workbook provided in Module 1.
Task 2: Now that you've completed your lesson plan outline, think of this as writing an essay for English class. It is time for you to turn you lesson outline into a detailed plan.
Congratulations! You have completed Day 2.