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1/10/18 Incorporating Assessment into Lesson Plans

At our 1/10/18 faculty meeting, teachers were asked to bring a recent and typical lesson plan with them.  Meeting in groups of 3 or 4, teachers shared the details of the lesson plans with each other.

Then a few thoughts were shared with the entire group about the relationship between Assessment and Pedagogy.  Sometimes we think of assessment as what happens after the pedagogy occurs.  The faculty was encouraged to think of assessment as part of the pedagogy itself. 

Keeping in mind that assessment is anything that results in getting and/or giving meaningful feedback, no lesson can be at its best if it doesn't include some type of assessment activity.  Learning requires the getting and/or giving of feedback.

Teachers then had a conversation in their small groups about how best to weave assessment into the lesson plan they brought with them.

Hopefully, practical conversations like this lead to productive collaboration and an increased use of meaningful assessment.  Maybe an activity like this would benefit your faculty?

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Comment by Scott Habeeb on January 16, 2018 at 12:53pm

Allen - thanks for reading this post and for your question.

It's a little hard to answer with much specificity.  We really haven't developed a school-wide lesson plan format - and in fact, would be reticent to try that.

Every school is different and has different needs and a different culture - so I would never assume that something we DON'T do couldn't be very meaningful in another place.  That being said, in our school culture getting folks together to create a school-wide lesson plan format would be an example of "the juice not being worth the squeeze."

However, there are definitely elements that make for a meaningful lesson - and those elements are wide in scope.  For example, there MUST be some sort of way to assess how well students are learning.  The getting and giving of feedback is essential for a learning experience.  Also, lessons should be structured to maximize the resource of time.

I guess I would say that I'm not as interested in the format of the lesson plan as I am in the carrying out of the lesson in a manner that leads to learning.

What do you think?  Want to talk more?  I'd be happy to give you a call.

Comment by Allen poynter on January 15, 2018 at 10:32am

Scott, would you care to share an example of what you feel is a high-quality weekly lesson plan?  We are trying to come together on developing a school-wide lesson plan format for our school.  

Thanks!

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