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High school computer science and maths teacher from Oakville, Ontario.

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I agree with the message of being "reactive" to today's lesson when planning for the future. Proper planning, big ideas, shifts in pedagogy all, however, require planning in advance. Consider how project based learning might look if it was planned the day before? Your lesson plans do not need to be made and carved in stone. They can be altered as you go based on reflective practice. You should have your direction mapped out in advance, but be able to take necessary detours along the way.

Data Key to Planning

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Though I have not been an educator long, I do realize how important planning is in the successful delivery of information for our students. I think Matt Ray pointed out the importance of data collection and assessments in analyzing the effectiveness of evaluating our teaching. Most of us, especially new teachers, do panic at the thought of collecting data on our students. However, Ray referred to the many ways of informal assessment that we utilize constantly in our day-to-day interactions with our students. As an early childhood educator, informal collection is especially important. If students are understanding the basic concepts, then I can determine that my plans and lessons are effective. Noting the objectives that we have for our teaching, and then using this data to determine our effectiveness is a basic concept that each teacher, young and old, should work to master. I appreciate that this blog and others are helping all of us new teachers with important aspects of our chosen profession.

Parent of 1 High School Student in VA

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Lesson Planning is important. Even though I am not a teacher yet, my current field of study is recreation. We also have to plan what we will have our children participate in. Even though you have a plan, you find yourself using it as more of a guideline for structure because things happen where you will have to change to accommodate for the circumstance and/or situation. Helpful information for a new teacher to be. Thanks.

Masters student in elementary education

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I am a masters students studying to become an elementary school teacher. I found this blog very interesting, I had taught English when I lived in Paris for 1 year and I found that when I did not plan a lesson things in the classroom got out of control and not at all structured. I found myself stressing out in class and decided to start doing lesson plans step by step and it made a world of difference. Lesson planning is something I want to master because I know now how important it is. Matt Ray is 100 percent correct about lesson planning, it is like a recipe because if you’re missing one ingredient the recipe could fail. I do not have a lot of experience in teaching but I am hoping to start off my career confident in lesson planning

Teaching and Learning Coach, Secondary Teacher, Australia

Student refelcting on the goal, and assessment of/ for

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Hi, totally agree; teaching without a lesson plan is like driving across unfamiliar territory without a map. But we have to be careful to make that map available to our students too. Explicit statement of the lesson goal at the beginning of the lesson is a part of making the map "available" - having students reflect on what they learned about that goal at the end assists them to connect to that goal, and gives the teacher valuable information about where they are on the "journey" and hence where to begin the next lesson.

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I really enjoyed your post and Matt Ray's lesson play video and post. Linking it to a "recipe" is a very good way of presenting it. It is a recipe and like a recipe teachers are free to fine tune it. One useful tip is to post the main points of the lesson plan as a class agenda. In the old days I would do this on chart paper and on the blackboard and eventually on the SmartBoard. That way students know what the goals of the day are and the teacher knows what should be covered.

Hi Marjan,
Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I like your idea of posting a class agenda. I've used it myself and with my teachers. Keeps us focused! Students really seemed to enjoy having a broad sense of what the work of the day was going to be.
Great reminder of remembering to keep our students in the loop!
Cheers,
~L

Retired Teacher

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I really enjoyed your post and Matt Ray's lesson play video and post. Linking it to a "recipe" is a very good way of presenting it. It is a recipe and like a recipe teachers are free to fine tune it. One useful tip is to post the main points of the lesson plan as a class agenda. In the old days I would do this on chart paper and on the blackboard and eventually on the SmartBoard. That way students know what the goals of the day are and the teacher knows what should be covered.

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