In the next few weeks, most of us are going to be out on Professional Experience. So it should come as no surprise that we will be designing lesson plans. This post will be about what I know about designing lesson plans.
The Backward Design Framework (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) suggests that lessons should be created with the end in mind; that is, what is it that students should know by the end of the lesson. Knowing the desired outcome; what students should be able to know or do by the end of the lesson; helps in designing the activates and tasks that student will engage in to achieve the desired outcomes.
Designing lessons should relate to what needs to be addressed by a particular curriculum. In my case I will be using the Australian Curriculum. While we as teachers are required to teach the curriculum, there may be times where students have taken to a particular interest in a topic that relates to the content of the curriculum. This provides you with an opportunity to integrate the requirements of the curriculum alongside student’s interests. If this happens, then you are able to base lesson off what it is students want to learn!
Activities included within lessons need to be engaging and purposeful. If students cannot make meaning when engaging in lessons, chances are they are going to quickly lose interest. Activities should also be hands on. Hands-on activities mean that students are physically engaged with the task and are focussed on learning (even though they might not know it!).
Lastly, a major aspect of designing lessons is considering student’s needs. Differentiation is an important part of lesson planning as the way one student learns may be completely different for another. If tasks and activities are not suited to certain students, chances are they are not going to be engaged in the lesson, and so they are not learning.
While there are many more aspects to designing lessons, the above statements, brief as they may be, are what I consider to be of up most importance. I have taken a look around at some other blogs and came across Abigail’s Blog which provides some steps in designing lesson plans (quite handy if you ask me).
Well, that’s it for now! Good luck in designing your lessons!
Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Ascd