The Mindset of Lesson Planning

An effective curriculum provides not only an outcomes framework but, more importantly, a mindset to create learning opportunities that are responsive to student learning, integrate learning strategies throughout all subject areas, and ensure ongoing student progress. Here’s how:

First thoughts: Establish a responsive and integrated mindset to build on the students’ “known”

  1. Reflective Question: What do I know about this student’s (or group of students’) progress to date?
  2. Reflective Question: Which outcome(s) will build on this progress?
  3. Reflective Question: How can this outcome (outcomes) be integrated with an outcome (outcomes) of other subject areas?

Lesson Planning: Use a responsive and integrated mindset for lesson planning

  1. Reflective Question: What is purpose and potential of this outcome?
  2. Reflective Question: How will the time to teach, time to practice, time to respond/share unfold?
  3. Reflective Question: How will I ensure students have a voice in this lesson?
  4. Reflective Question: How will I gather information about student learning?
  5. Reflective Question: How will the strategies learned be integrated with other subject areas?
  6. Reflective Question: How will the lesson be differentiated and still maintain the purpose and potential of the outcome?

Choosing Materials: Demonstrate a responsive and integrated mindset for choosing teaching resources

  1. Reflective Question: Are the resources engaging to students?
  2. Reflective Question: Are the resources culturally relevant and/or diverse?
  3. Reflective Question: Can the resources be integrated with other subject areas?
  4. Reflective Question: Do the text and materials match the developmental and /or instructional level of the students?
  5. Reflective Question: Will the differentiated resources provide an equitable learning experience?

Gathering evidence of learning: Using a responsive and integrated mindset for assessment, feedback and next steps instruction

  1. Reflective Question: What are my expectations for success?
  2. Reflective Question: How will I convey my expectations to the student/students?
  3. Reflective Question: How will the student demonstrate understanding?
  4. Reflective Question: What assessment tool best matches this task? (informed observation, anecdotal notes, checklist, rubric, reading record, etc.)
  5. Reflective Question: How will I provide feedback to the student(s)?
  6. Reflective Question: How will I use the information gathered to plan next steps instruction?

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