The important bits:
- lesson objective(s)
- strategies or lesson activity sequence
I realized that my outline needed to remain as brief as possible. The more brief it is, the easier it is for me to refer to. I'm now striving to find the balance between planning and remaining flexible to what my students need. After all, it's impossible to "script" the dialogue that is critical for learning. The plan should be to facilitate learning rather than plan every detail of it.
I've whittled my long Taskstream lesson plan, which is the formatting tool required as part of my credential program, down to a simple one-page, two-column format that I could print and follow as I teach. Now, all of my lessons, no matter the subject, are written in this format. I may further adapt it over time, but for now, I think I've hit on something that works for me, and what's more, my students are now familiar with my lesson sequence. My lessons are as fun and engaging as possible, but there's a continuity that makes my teaching as much of a routine for them as it is for me.
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Sample lesson: Math Lesson Unit 3, Lesson 12 >