Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Developing Your Lessons/Class Sessions

Lesson time can be as formal or informal as you like. You can select a core material for the lesson and just read it and discuss with the kids.
Or, you can make your lessons more formal by writing up lesson plans.  Lesson plans are great because once you’ve made them up, they are there for the next kids who come along. There are many lesson planning resources on the net which you can find by surfing. Below is a simple anatomy of what a lesson could be comprised of:

1.      Review (it is a good idea to start off reviewing past material, especially material from the last lesson/sitting, but also include some global review.

2.      Introduction (introducing the lesson by a story, poem, question, or overview of what you will be covering are good ways to start; go over lesson goals; try to get student to see the purpose and benefit of what you are  planning to study)

3.      The Lesson (read the selected core material for the class, view tutorials, and presentations. During the lesson make sure:
a.      student can pronounce important terms
b.      student understands the meanings of the terms
c.       you stop to quiz/discuss key points; answer students questions

4.      Practice/Drill. (--with the new knowledge. I do things like pronunciation drills, recognition and reading drills , role playing, practice carrying out a process, such as prayer, worksheets, games, etc).

5.      Wrap Up (review key terms, concepts, quiz student to make sure the understanding is there)

Other things to do in preparing lessons:
·         Make a list of key terms and concepts for the lesson. During the lesson, make sure student knows how to pronounce words correctly; make sure student can give a concise definition of terms by the lesson or unit’s end.

·         Outline your lesson’s content; write the topics and subtopics in outline form
o   I love to make outlines as it is a road map for where I am going while planning the lesson. To get you started, think about the 5Ws and How.
·         Make up comprehension and analysis questions/activities. I like to use Bloom’s Taxonomy to help me develop higher order thinking questions and prompts rather than solely having the kids parrot back what they have learned.

·         Be creative and think of a way to incorporate some type of art, creative writing, or lapbook assignment. Don’t limit yourself to worksheets! 

·         Make a list of objectives or essential questions to assess student’s learning of the material as well as a vocabulary list.  Setting lesson goals makes things easier as you know specifically what you are working towards.

           

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