- *Reflection: How do I write measurable objectives in my lesson plans? It sounds technical, but it’s not as hard as you may think. When constructing lessons and activities, you identify your standards and start with the question: “What is the learning objective, or purpose/goal of this lesson? What should students know, and be able to do at the conclusion, and why?” Then, how will you know they have achieved the learning goal of the lesson, and can successfully apply the skills or knowledge? Your measurable objective is the way students will demonstrate they have met the learning goal. *Tip: Check Bloom’s! *Tip: Plan transformational lessons!
“Education is a constant reorganization, reconstruction, and transformation of experience.” ~ John Dewey
- *Reflection: About formative assessment, how to implement it, and what to do with it. Much is made of formative assessment, which is basically informal checks you do throughout teaching to see if students are grasping the learning concepts. These informal tools are essential to gauge if your students are understanding the material, and integral to your next steps in planning instruction. Two key elements in formative assessments are quality questions (HigherOrderThinking.) and allowing ample response time for students to think and respond (harder than you think!).
- *Reflection: What is a blended learning / reverse / flipped classroom? Buzz words are everywhere! Basically all of these refer to integration of technology with student driven, interactive learning, extending beyond the traditional classroom. Think: opposite of teacher directed, lecture-type learning. The instructional process is reversed to a degree: students prepare ahead of time by accessing instructional technology and media, then come to class where they put the new knowledge into practice through teacher facilitated application activities (i.e., pre-class delivery of facts followed by in-class application exercises). This results in student-centric learning that has better effects of understanding and long term retention. As with any type of instruction, intentional planning for learning objectives is key.
“The only thing better than education is more education.” ~ Agnes E. Benedict