Grant Wiggins wants us to move away from the rigidity of the template and instead to consider what it is that we want students to learn and how. He helpfully gives us some samples here, which we may adapt of course.
How teachers plan – I think this is one of the more interesting ‘black boxes’ in education. There are few studies of it, yet it is clearly one of the most vital elements of the enterprise. Winging it is sometimes fun, but it’s a bad way to run a family, a business, or a classroom.
Marzano reports that a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” is the key factor in academic achievement in schools, regardless of how flexible plans have to be. As General Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
How do you plan? How often is the textbook the source of the plan? How often is district curriculum referenced? How detailed are your plans? Do you design units and then lessons or just a string of lessons? How should you plan for optimal preparation and good results? What’s the…
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