Getting back to school, though, means getting back into the rhythm of teaching. And one of those rhythms is lesson planning. As I posted on Twitter:
- What am I teaching?
- Who am I teaching?
- How am I teaching this content?
- Why am I choosing to teach this?
- When will I teach it?
Being able to answer these questions enables me to think about what I'll do to check for understanding, evaluate students' learning, come up with alternate plans, and differentiate lessons and assignments according to student needs. I also find that if I'm unable to answer any of these questions, I must revise the lesson. Getting back into the rhythm of lesson planning is definitely challenging, but I find that my process is getting better and better every year.
Here's to a great school year and excellent, engaging lessons.