Week Four and counting
Drilling down to the key details...
Designing effective lessons
A few mistakes to avoid when lesson planning
- Accidental learning - don't get caught focusing your energies on "cool" activities. Just because students are engaged does not mean they are learning. Don;t mistake the two!
- Breadth of coverage - often times teachers focus on covering the entire unit or textbook. In the rush to coverage everything the breadth of material is covered often with little depth.
- Poor planning and management - putting in long hours of planning does not always equate with solid plans. Remember, to focus on quality of the time planning and not the quantity of time.
The Backward Design Approach
As you think of instructional design this video will give you some insight into what an instructional designer does.
Engaging and Connecting Students to the Learning
Understanding how students organize knowledge
* What is the role of the teacher in the classroom?
* Should the teacher be the "expert" in the classroom?
* What does it mean for students to be actively engaged in the classroom?
* How should a teacher reconcile their own values with different teaching philosophies?
The answers to these questions will certainly help guide how your classroom runs and the way in which teaching and learning occurs.
Check out the video below on constructivism
Building on students' prior knowledge
Check out the site below for excellent advice about tapping into the prior knowledge of your students.