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Lesson Questions

  As I prepared one of my new learning units for the upcoming school year, I evaluated the plans using questions I consider with every individual lesson and overall unit. Here are ten of the initial considerations. Since this list is a just starting point, perhaps you might share one or two of your own questions?

1) Does this lesson advance student learning?

2) Does it accomplish its purpose?

3) Do students have the background knowledge to complete the task or accomplish the goal? 

4) Have I considered the different learning styles of my students? 

5) Which state standards are included? 

6) Are there options I can provide for differentiation? 

7) Will my students in poverty need assistance from me to help complete this project? 

8) Am I allowing enough time, or too much time, to complete this lesson or project? 

9) Do I have all of the materials on hand or do I need to borrow items? 

10) Can the goals for this lesson be accomplished in a different manner or is this the best choice for this learning unit?

So, what do you consider while planning learning units?


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Aug. 27th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
further learning
Are there elements of this lesson or project designed to spark a personal interest or curiosity for my students that might encourage them to learn more on the subject.
Aug. 27th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: further learning
Perfect! Extending the learning process is so important and choosing topics that will spark this is vital.
Aug. 27th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: further learning
Jen's comment on resources works hand-in-hand with this as a facilitator and it sounds, from your reply to her and the comments about your librarian, like this is already an ongoing part of your teaching, perhaps as an implication of the first of your 10 questions. Actually from your past posts I kind of expected that. *smiles*
Aug. 27th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: further learning
Sorry. Forgot to log on for that last comment.
Aug. 27th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: further learning
I knew it was you! :-)
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad my Love of the Library shines through in my posts.

Using resources and facilitators is am important part of being a well-rounded educator. I'm so fortunate to have many quality faculty and staff for bouncing ideas off of and calling on for backup! :-)
Aug. 27th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
oh, those are so good! and really seem to acknowledge the student as a *whole person*.

of course I love when teachers also consider (you may have grouped this under "materials/resources"): what technology can be integrated with this lesson? what library materials/information skills can be introduced/used/integrated with this lesson -- either in the teaching or in the product ?

Yay for wonderful teachers! have a great year!
Aug. 27th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Jen, that is essential as well! We are fortunate to have a great librarian at our school who helps us in so many ways. He creates search pages for specific projects, posts learning units on the library website, and seeks resources from other libraries if ours is lacking in that category. He is a dynamo! Our library is the <3 of our school. :-) (And best of all, just across the hall from me!)
Aug. 27th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Those are great questions and the first two are ones I use as an editor/reviser, when it comes to each scene: "Does this advance the plot?" "Does it achieve its purpose?"
Aug. 27th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I love that! Great point! (My writing and teaching life blend and weave together so seamlessly sometimes.)
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