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Power Planning: Developing Effective Lessons for ALL Learners. Presented by Heather Sparks, NBCT 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Taft Middle School. Learner. Let’s Describe a…. Student. Passive Bored Told what to think Typically unmotivated Focused on the grade. Active Engaged

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power planning developing effective lessons for all learners

Power Planning:Developing Effective Lessonsfor ALL Learners

Presented by Heather Sparks, NBCT2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Taft Middle School

let s describe a
LearnerLet’s Describe a…

Student

Passive

Bored

Told what to think

Typically unmotivated

Focused on the grade

Active

Engaged

An independent thinker

Internally motivated

Focused on the learning

get ready
Get Ready…
  • Focus on the objective.
  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • Consider your learners.
  • Consult additional resources
    • Colleagues
    • Professional organizations
    • Internet
get set
Get Set…
  • Prepare all lesson materials in advance.
  • Minimize opportunities for “pitfalls.”
  • Incorporate former routines if possible.
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Go!
  • Anticipatory set
  • Objective or purpose
  • Instructional input
  • Modeling
  • Check for understanding
  • Guided practice
  • Closure
check for understanding
Check for Understanding
  • Signaled responses:
    • Thumbs up/thumbs down
    • Scale of five
    • White board responses
    • Quick notes
    • Ticket out the door
now what
Now What?
  • A lesson ends earlier than you expected, so you…

A. Give the class “free time”

B. Assign additional work

C. Tell the students to put their heads down

D. Use a sponge to soak up the time

sponges
Sponges
  • Effective sponges have five characteristics. They are:

1. Fun,

2. Based on prior learner knowledge,

3. Used by the whole class or individuals,

4. Easily implemented,

5. Capable of being implemented for

varying lengths of time.

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Math
  • Mental math

>Add the number of months in a year plus the number of wheels on a tricycle.

  • Play Target

>The target is 24. Write an expression:

e.g., 30 – 6 or 3 x 8 or 36/3 x 2

science
Science
  • Play Classify
  • Give the students a group of objects. Challenge them to find as many subgroups as possible.

Flashlight, a penny, and a stapler

language arts
Language Arts
  • The List Game:

Things that fly

  • Who can find something in the room that
  • has a long a or short a sound?
social studies
Social Studies
  • Guess the country or state

>I’m thinking of a state that borders Canada and Lake Superior, and is known for its

10,000 lakes.

other sponge ideas
Other Sponge Ideas…
  • ‘I Spy’
  • Riddles
  • Mind benders
  • Word games
  • Oral alphabetizing
  • Synonyms, homonyms, vocabulary words
  • Skip-counting
  • Flash cards
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