Friday, August 14, 2009

Demo Lesson Plan

Lesson plans are like meeting agendas and as such there is value in learning how to make a good lesson plan. That skill will be usable down the road. The lesson plan differs from a meeting agenda in that is mainly for the instructor. So it might have notes, goals, and justifications that might be omitted if the lesson plan were distributed to the students.

a. Broad Overview of Lesson Plans (See above).
b. Pacing and how much time to spend on an item. ( See Eisenhower quote below.)
b.1 Cut off discussion to stay on schedule?
b.2 Will there be carry over to the next class session?
c. Is there a main idea to the Lesson? If so, what is it?
c.1 Sacrifice the main idea or some subsidiary idea?
c.2 How much drill down should there be in the plan?
d. What activities best support the lesson?
d.1 Small group work or ensemble discussion?
d.2 Are there tangible products produced in the process?

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

1 comment:

  1. Another test of comments. I do like that Eisenhower quote.