Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lesson Planning, Road Trips, and 21st Century Learning - Perfect Match!

Why do I have a passion for making sure we can get students what they need as soon as possible and when they need it (ACCESS).  Here is article from local paper about a 13 year old in my district that I do not know, but I do know if school had reached him, this may not have happened.

Link to article 

We need to reach students where they are.  I chose Road Trips as an analogy for Lesson Planning to drive thought, make it a little fun, and hopefully push thinking for "our kids".

Road trips and Lesson plans are very similar.  This is more of a "how-to" or "guide" than story.  Lesson planning for 21st century lessons is far different than the traditional model. It is not linear nor should entry points be the same for all students.  This blog is simply a sample of some ways you can think, use video, and differentiate instruction in a digital way.  It does not necessarily address student output, which may be a future blog as there are so many ideas and avenues for that as well.

Part of my delivery of how to lesson plan, I created this Youtube Video to drive conversation and hopefully spark thoughts.  This is one way I hope to "flip" the face to face a bit.


This blog was written to drive a face to face PD session.  So I also created this infographic to allow people to see ideas and hopefully process before our meeting. The idea being that when we are face to face we share and grow.  This way some of the thinking and processing is already done.

Infographic of 21st Century Lesson Planning 

Road Trip - Need a map of where you are going.
Lesson Planning - Need a standard to drive activities or tasks.

Road Trip - Need to make sure vehicle is ready and primed for trip.
Lesson Planning - Need to make sure activities/tasks chosen meet the needs of students.  This means differentiated assignments, differentiated directions,  scaffolding, etc.  There are many ways to do this in a digital environment.  How can this be personalized with idea of place?

  • Here is example from teacher +Katherine Corey explaining the tasks and where to find resources. Tasks required of students based on standards and a book they are reading 


Road Trip - Make sure to pick up some extras, like snacks and drinks, to make the trip more enjoyable.
Lesson Planning -  Application of technology based on where you are going and how it is meaningful and when it makes sense to the eventual product.  To help with the development of this and to "flip" this part in your classroom, make a screencast. How can this be personalized with idea of time?  

Road Trip - Music and the experience of the trip.  Live every moment, love the trip, but this is the longest part, but necessary to get to destination.
Lesson Planning - Here you are allowing students to work, what are the tasks?  How do you want them to show you mastery?  This could be independent, collaborative, etc.  How can this be personalized with the idea of path?  

  • Here teacher +Roselynn Burke allows students choice on digital platform to solve a problem in practice and check their answer with instruction. 


Road Trip - Car maintenance and map checking are so important on any road trip.  You need to make sure you can stop and adjust if needed. 
Lesson Planning - In any lesson plan, problems will come up, and more direction and or pre-emptive explanation based on previous knowledge or "real time data" will create a need for intervention.  
  • Here teacher +Laura Bossert is explicit in the use of measurement tools for students that don't have the context or understanding to use them. 

Road Trip - Taking breaks and celebrating a successful trip are so important when you reach your destination.  
Lesson Planning - This is where we share, we pause, we refocus, and celebrate learning.  This should be regular in occurrence as students need this for so many reasons, including motivation, confidence, and refocusing.  
  • Here +Victoria Bennett shows how the students in her room take a brain boost to transition and get ready for the next activity. 

I don't want to imply that videos are the only ways to deliver instruction, or necessarily always the best method, but there are times and places for them.  I think the examples above are great ways to use video to drive instruction.  A 21st century lesson platform will require video, and as I previously stated "access" for learners is dependent on a digital platform.  How do we improve on what we have done?  How do we create life long motivated learners?  I think we show them that learning can occur anywhere at any time.  Recognize that life is not lived in segments, or stop and go, it is all encompassing, your lessons should be as well!

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