A girl and her duck

My Challenge to You

I really enjoy watching the CBS Sunday Morning show because of the wonderful and often humerus stories about life they share. This one is one of my favorites and I thought that it would be great to share with all of you not because there is some hidden message that I see regarding education. This story is a heart warming story about the quirks of human nature and the bonds between humans and animals.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I also hope that you had a wonderful Easter Weekend doing what makes you happy and celebrating how you celebrate with those that mean the most to you. After all, that is what life it really about, isn't it?!


Lesson Planning vs Lesson Designing

Thank you to everyone that took the time to send in a reply to the question that I emailed to the campus on Thursday afternoon regarding lesson planning vs lesson designing. I have posted all of the responses here if you are interested in seeing what your fellow staff members had to say. The reason I asked this question was because I was having a discussion with principals from across the state regarding lesson planning and lesson designing and what differences exist (if any) between the two approaches.

I am sure that those of you who responded (and perhaps those that didn't respond) are wondering what I think about the difference between planning and designing lessons.

I do not think you can effectively separate the two from each other because the "what" (content) and the "how" (lesson activities) go hand in hand. The learning experience (movement, manipulations, visuals, auditory components, collaboration, technologies, etc) are what make the content engaging and relative to students. All of those design experiences (how) must be planned with the content (what) so that it all flows and makes sense for the learners.

It was a great discussion and the article really prompts some thinking and reflection into what it means to plan lessons. The article below is a great kick start to that reflection process. I encourage you to read it and reflect on your planning and designing.


Check out some of these articles I read this past week from Twitter. You may find something that interest you.