Lesson planning can truly be one of the most draining parts of teaching, particularly when you feel overwhelmed and uncertain about where you should really focus your students’ time and attention. Without a template or formula for creating effective plans, lesson planning can take over your life!
There’s nothing more stressful than the last-minute planning frenzy, but if you’re still planning day-by-day and struggling to see quality results from your students, today’s episode is for you. As former ELA teachers and coaches, the problem we see so many teachers encounter is that their desire to “wow” their students in every lesson takes away from their focus on the ELA standards.
Today, we discuss how looking closely at the standards will provide you with the exact topics and framework for your lesson plans. We share specific lesson ideas and strategies for developing your lesson plans (that we refer to as “Through” lessons), and we offer practical tips for cutting down on time spent planning so that you can feel more confident and energized each day in the classroom.
Tune in now to hear:
- [00:30] About last week’s last episode–the intro to our EB lesson planning approach
- [02:00] All about what a “Through” lesson is
- [03:05] The purpose of an “Through” lesson
- [03:45] Examples of “Through” lessons
- [05:00] How to use the standards as your “North Star” when planning
- [07:00] Why a standards-first approach will make lesson planning easier!
- [08:27] How to reflect on your own lesson-planning practice
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