GATHER PLANNING RESOURCES:
- Completed Unit Learning Progression
- Lesson Plan Guide
- Lesson Plan Template
- Teacher’s Manual for unit of study
- Existing excellent lesson plans
- Other reference materials as needed
Record the Lesson Learning Target (selected from the completed Unit Learning Progression).
DO THE MATH/SCIENCE TO DETERMINE REQUISITE CONCEPTS AND SKILLS:
- Use the lenses of both learner and teacher. Examine your thinking.
- Record all concepts and skills you use to solve the task.
- Identify those concepts and skills that represent or connect to prior knowledge.
- Note all strategies and skills the task requires students to use.
- Record all known ways the task can be solved.
DETERMINE EVIDENCE OF STUDENT SUCCESS:
- Establish methods to check student skill development as the lesson progresses.
- Establish success criteria to determine evidence of student ability to meet the Lesson Learning Target.
- List the known ways to solve the task.
- Establish methods and language for responding to misconceptions.
- Establish feedback you will use to move students forward.
- Establish questions you will ask to help students clarify their thinking.
- Decide what you will be doing during student activity/group work.
DRAFT THE LESSON FLOW:
- Consider your personal experience with the task as you draft each step of the lesson.
- Allow sufficient time for the entire lesson to be taught in one session.
- Plan lesson steps with procedures designed to help students make sense of the task.
- List materials needed for each step of the lesson.
- Establish activity/ies to draw out each student’s preconceptions and prerequisite skills.
- Establish activities that make students confront their misconceptions.
- Establish methods to motivate the students.
- Decide how to clarify learning intentions for each step of the lesson.
- Establish questions to ask that will move the lesson along.
- Decide what discussions, tasks, and activities you will use to elicit evidence of learning.
- Establish time to give students opportunity for reflection and sense-making.
- Post the target visually
- Note any teaching practice you specifically want to apply during the lesson.
- Note any specific things you want to remember not to do.
CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING:
- Decide what the students need to be able to do after each step of the lesson.
- Refer back to “Determine Evidence of Student Success;” in the lesson plan, note the methods and criteria you established.
- Allow time to administer the formative assessment you developed for this Lesson Learning Target (Refer to your Unit Learning Progression).
- Determine if there are any remaining misconceptions.