Now you are ready to complete the pre-assessment below to determine the sections in which you might need guidance in developing your exemplary lesson plan.
The lesson plan template below will provided you with step-by-steps procedures for creating your Making Thinking Visible with Technology exemplary lesson plan.
1. Do you have a Google Account? If yes, proceed to the next step. If no, watch the tutorial on how to set one up:
2. Click on the action button Lesson Plan Templateto access your copy of the exemplary lesson plan template.
3. Make a copy of this file so that you do not type on the original document. If you need support, watch the tutorial on how to make your own copy of the Google Doc exemplary lesson plan template:
4. Revise the Google Doc by inserting your information as noted in each section throughout the document.
5. Select the tabs provided for you in the horizontal navigational bar above to begin the process for developing each section of your lesson plan. Continue to the section titled "About."
As you use your own copy of the exemplary lesson plan template, follow along with this instructional guide that will help you through the process as needed. Begin by providing the following on your template:
Lesson Title: [Provide the title of your lesson.]
Name: [Provide your name.]
Web Profile: [If you’d like to do so, you may include one URL to either your professional homepage, blog, Google+ profile, LinkedIn, etc.]
When you are finished continue by selecting the next tabbed section titled "Learners" in the horizontal navigational bar.
The first step in planning for instruction is knowing who your learners are and the prior knowledge and skills they have coming in to the lesson. Questions to consider:
How should you modify your lesson to meet the needs of individual students?
How does prior academic performance impact the content and skills addressed in the lesson?
What instructional need or gap in knowledge/skills does this lesson meet?
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Grade Level(s): [Identify the grade level(s) for your lesson.]
Subject Area(s): [Identify the subjects area(s) addressed by the lesson.]
[Use the P21 Framework to identify the core subjects and 21st century themes addressed by the lesson.]
Background and Rationale Describe the following:
A. The key concepts for the lesson.
B. How this lesson builds on and connects with previous lessons.
C. How you will build on this lesson in subsequent lessons.
D. If applicable, how will you provide differentiated activities and assessments for learners with varying abilities, experiences, etc.?] _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Check the boxes as you compare the required content for this section of the exemplary lesson plan template to what you have developed on your copy of the template. Once you have checked all boxes and you see a fully-colored progress bar, you are ready to proceed to the next section for developing "the goals and objectives" of your lesson by using the horizontal navigational bar at the top.
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After assessing the needs of your students, consider the theme and the objectives of your lesson. Questions To Consider:
What skills or knowledge should your learners have upon completing the lesson?
Which standards (state, Common Core, professional association, etc.) are supported by these objectives?
How does this lesson fit into the “big picture”?
How will you utilize Bloom’s verbs and taxonomies in your objectives to encourage higher order thinking and learning?
Are there other standards relevant to your lesson (such as those written by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills) which might help you to write meaningful objectives?
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Begin thinking about your assessments as you develop your objectives. Assessments and objectives should be in direct alignment.
[Identify the unit objective(s) for which this lesson is part.]
[List the specific content learning goal(s) and objective(s) for the lesson.
If appropriate, you may also include performance objectives for the lesson.]
Check the boxes as you compare the required content for this section of the exemplary lesson plan template to what you have developed on your copy of the template. Once you have checked all boxes and you see a fully-colored progress bar, you are ready to proceed to the next section "Facilitating Learning" by using the horizontal navigational bar at the top.
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After determining the objectives, consider how you will facilitate the process of learning so that objectives can be met. Questions to Consider:
What materials and tools will be required to support the learning process?
In what kinds of activities will your students participate so that they engage in meaningful, thoughtful learning?
What procedures are required on behalf of you and your students to create an environment most conducive to thinking and the process of learning?
[Identify which of the Visible Thinking routines will be integrated into the lesson.]
Lesson Introduction [Describe what you will do to help the students become focused or motivated to learn in this teaching segment.]
Lesson Procedures and Activities
[Provide a sequential (step by step) description of the procedures and activities for the lesson.
Include time required for each step.]
Lesson Closure [Describe how you will close the lesson. There are a number of resources and strategies available online to assist you.] ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Check the boxes as you compare the required content for this section of the exemplary lesson plan template to what you have developed on your copy of the template. Once you have checked all boxes and you see a fully-colored progress bar, you are ready to proceed to the next section "Evidence of Thinking" by using the horizontal navigational bar at the top.
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The purpose of assessments is to determine whether or not students have met the objective(s) of the lesson. Assessments should utilize the same language and be in direct alignment with your objective(s). As you develop rubrics or other forms of assessment, consider additional guidelines beyond state-mandated standards and Common Core (see P21.org, for example). Questions To Consider:
What should learning and thinking look like?
How will you see or know that your students have met the objectives?
Have you provided an example of student work to help students gauge their understanding of the objectives?
[Provide a description of the formative and/or summative assessments that are part of this lesson. Make sure there is a clear link between the Learning Objectives and the Assessment(s). The Assessments should primarily be about the Learning Objectives. The Bloom’s levels indicated in the Learning Objectives (Bloom’s verbs can be helpful with this) should guide the level of thinking/performance that is assessed.]
[Provide a copy of any rubrics, checklists, task lists, answer keys, etc. that will be utilized to assess learning. You can do this by pasting the items on your document or by providing a link to them (be sure to adjust the sharing settings so that others will be able to see the items to which you link).]
Student Work Sample
[Provide a link to an example(s) of student work that reflects the objectives of the lesson. Be sure to follow appropriate privacy measures if you use actual works samples of your students. Otherwise, you may develop your own mockups to use as work samples.]
Include copies of handouts, worksheets, templates, etc. that will be used during the lesson. You can provide links to these materials within the lesson plan or embed them into the Google Doc.
You must also include work samples for at least one student. Be sure to follow appropriate privacy measures if you use actual works samples of your students. Otherwise, you may develop your own mockups to use as work samples.
Check the boxes as you compare the required content for this section of the exemplary lesson plan template to what you have developed on your copy of the template. Once you have checked all boxes and you see a fully-colored progress bar, you are ready to share your developed exemplary lesson plan.
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1. When you have completed your lesson plan with all the information for an exemplary lesson plan, select the share button in the upper right hand corner of your document and add firstname.lastname@example.org as an editor. If you need support, watch the instructional tutorial on how to proceed:
2. If prompted, modify your lesson plan based on any feedback provided.
3. When your lesson plan is approved by mtvt.org reviewers, we will notify you of your published lesson plan.