Rethinking the Lesson Plan

Rethinking the Lesson Plan comes from one of my favorite ed minds, Katie Martin.  If you have not had a chance to follow her on Twitter, read her blog, or see her TEDTalk I would highly recommend her.  She does a wonderful job sharing her views, connecting them to research, and inspires her followers to be better educators.

For me just listening to her TEDTalk sold me on who she is as a person and educator because you can just feel her passion.  I also participated in IMMOOC with her and George Couros and wow do they do a great job covering, highlighting, and discussing The Innovators Mindset.  I would highly recommend you participate if they ever collaborate on Season 3!

So I am out in left field so back to this post from Katie!  This post is great because I believe that highlights what most of us feel about the lesson plan.  Some may think that a well thought out, document plan is fantastic but for me, quite honestly, it is a waste of time!  You can perform a well thought out, planned lesson without dedicating 30 minutes to an hour typing it all out, spell check, grammar check, all just to submit to an administrator (who probably does not review it) to verify that you are “prepared”.

My view is that we, as teachers, have SO many other things that we have to do each day so when planning a lesson, documenting EVERY step can be a waste of time.  If we simply step back, review the principals that Katie outlines in her post, and put our mind to what is best for our students vs. writing great lesson plans I believe you will make improvements as an educator.

One of my biggest take away’s is the discussion over engagement vs. empowerment.  As Katie references, it is talked about several times in The Innovators Mindset but if you sit back and think about how you learn doesn’t it make SO MUCH SENSE!?  I am engaged DAILY at work, doing my job, completing tasks on time, but I am never has happy as I am when I am empowered to do something different.  I can explore my passions and then maybe even find ways to bring it back to my work.  What if you find that your passions NEVER connect to your work, maybe a career change would also improve your lifestyle?  All of these questions and more can be discovered and answered just by taking time to be empowered vs. engaged.  Can’t we also do this for our kids while they learn?  Imagine what they could learn about themselves while also learning math, history, science, and english!

Katie discusses how we can potentially shift the gears and change this discussion.  You need to read her post for all the details but here are the highlights of the areas that she discusses:

  • From Engagement to Empowerment

  • From Standardization to Personalization

  • From Scaffolds to Agency

  • From Skills to Application

  • From classroom management to classroom community

  • Experimenting or Evolving?

Enjoy the read – you will not be disappointed and I hope that it opens your mind to potentially investigating other ways to do things while still getting a similar result!

Featured image was borrowed from her post which was borrowed from http://HomeschoolingInDetroit.com!

S01 Episode 5: Monica Burns: Educator, EdTech Consultant and Classroom Technology Advocate

Episode 5: Educator, EdTech Consultant and Classroom Technology Advocate

Our guest for episode 5 is Monica Burns.

Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com.  As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started ClassTechTips.com to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom.

In this episode we discuss:

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S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 4

Today we conclude our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week!

Part 4 comes from co-host Mike Rocco as he thanks the teachers that have had an impact on him from his high school teacher to his mother-in-law and wi

Thank you all for listening and hope that you have taken time this week to thank a teacher in your life!

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 4

Today we conclude our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week!

Part 4 comes from co-host Mike Rocco as he thanks the teachers that have had an impact on him from his high school teacher to his mother-in-law and wi

Thank you all for listening and hope that you have taken time this week to thank a teacher in your life!

 

Competencies vs. Skills

Eric Sheninger writes one of my favorite blogs to follow.  I could probably share his post weekly!  This is post on “Competencies vs. Skills” was great because it is a widely discussed topic.  There are always posts about the skills students need to be successful in the 21st Century.  The challenge is that “skills” are great but they do not often lead to mastery.

Eric defines competencies and skills as such in his post,  “Competencies outline “how” the goals and objectives will be accomplished. They are more detailed and define the requirements for success in broader, more inclusive terms than skills do. There is also an increased level of depth that takes into account skills, knowledge and abilities. To succeed in the new world of work, students will need to demonstrate the right mix of skills, knowledge, and on-the-job ability. A skill is a practical or cognitive demonstration of what a student can do. Competency is the proven use of skills, knowledge, and abilities to illustrate mastery of learning by solving problems.”

The number one thing that I loved about the post is that Eric does a great job defining them but then stresses that while skills are great, we need to get beyond them!

What are your thoughts?

Featured imageLos borrowed from: www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/8-digital-skills-we-must-teach-our-children/

 

 

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 3

Our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week continues!

Part 3 comes from our friend Mike Lubelfeld.  Mike is the Superintendent of Deerfield Public School, District 109 in Illinois.  He is the co-host for #suptchat on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 P.M. CST as well as the co-author for The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today.  Mike will be a future guest on the podcast so stay tuned!

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show!

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 3

Our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week continues!

Part 3 comes from our friend Mike Lubelfeld.  Mike is the Superintendent of Deerfield Public School, District 109 in Illinois.  He is the co-host for #suptchat on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 P.M. CST as well as the co-author for The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today.  Mike will be a future guest on the podcast so stay tuned!

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show!

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 2

Our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week continues!

Part 2 comes from our friend Tyler Tarver.  Tyler is an amazing educator from Arkansas and he showcases one of his strengths that we see in him as a leader/administrator/teacher in this episode: Humor.  The power of humor cannot go unnoticed with our students and staff.  Tyler is a future guest of the podcast and to check out some of the amazing things he is doing in education, check out his website: Tarver Academy.  You will not be disappointed!

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show.

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 1

This week we will be celebrating teacher appreciation week with reflections and thank you’s!

Part 1 our mini shows to celebrate Teacher Appreciation week comes from Justin as he thanks his daughters teachers, reflects on what it means to be a teacher, and thanks a few teachers who impacted him as he was growing up.

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 2

Our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week continues!

Part 2 comes from our friend Tyler Tarver.  Tyler is an amazing educator from Arkansas and he showcases one of his strengths that we see in him as a leader/administrator/teacher in this episode: Humor.  The power of humor cannot go unnoticed with our students and staff.  Tyler is a future guest of the podcast and to check out some of the amazing things he is doing in education, check out his website: Tarver Academy.  You will not be disappointed!

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show.