Do you want to get the juices flowing in your students’ brains? Welcome to strategic teaching! 🙂 (On a sidenote-even though our brain is SO VERY important, it is SO VERY ugly, too!-I had to use a picture of a colored brain because I did NOT want to look at the picture of the real thing longer than I needed!)
Here is the lesson plan structure for strategic teaching:
Two instructional practices
Three parts to a lesson
Four steps to explicit instruction
Five components of active literacy
A lesson plan template possibility could look like this:
Before, during, after strategies
This would be a lesson for a class period when using a piece of text or the textbook in a content area. Notice I said-CLASS PERIOD. Not a week. 🙂
Here are some more before, during, and after strategies:
BEFORE- Interview response (I loved this one!), List-Group-Label! Think,Pair,Share
DURING- Reciprocal teaching-I actually have a book about this (Time to read!), Cloze procedure
AFTER- Magnet summary, Collecting a job card from reciprocal teaching, Exit slip, One pager
Another possibility to get the kids moving AND applying different strategies is to set up a few stations around the room. For example, one station might be jot notes, another might be reciprocal teaching, and so on. They would rotate through the stations with 1 piece of text. A different chunk would be used at each station. So let’s say the text that you want them to read is 2 pages. You might want to have 4 stations so that only 1/2 of a page is used at each station. Make sense? I just had an idea. ONE of the stations could be the TEACHER station so that each group of students would have time with the teacher!!!! Voila-small group instruction!
For those that have a short class period here is a breakdown of a lesson time wise-
4 pages of text broken into 4 chunks. 5 minutes to read. 4 minutes to discuss with partner or group. 36 total minutes. 8 minutes afterwards to discuss and/or do formative assessment. 44 total minutes. Plus a before strategy so you’re looking at probably 50 minutes. That works doesn’t it? 🙂
Last tidbit of information. Outcomes could be written as “I can” statements so students have ownership and can think about whether or not they “can”.
I’m telling you this is what I’ve been looking for all my life. Well, besides my husband, and I already found him. 🙂
A strategic lesson plan routine/format that covers it all!!!
Are you ready to plan? Because I’m ready to plan! 🙂