by Diana Herrington
Shift Lesson Planning
Interested in a first step for common core? I have found that just sifting my lesson allows me to think of connectors as the lesson is revealed. To do this I begin a lesson halfway through a class period. I have enough time to introduce the foundation for the concept. The next class period will begin with a short Q & A and then extend and go into depth, followed by a bridge to the next foundation lesson.
This is not easy to do when you have been teaching one way for years, but the rewards are amazing. Imagine no longer having the end of the period get away from you, instead of closure you can think of transition.
Here are some of the unexpected consequences when you shift the lesson: students leave the classroom with a curiosity of what they are going to do at the next class period, students retention increases, as a teacher you have to think about how the two lessons are connected. Once you begin down this road of just shifting your “two-page spread” format, you will begin giving students time to engage in the mathematical practices as you embrace a pathway for mathematics.