Lesson Planning

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Lesson Planning Assignment

A lesson plan is the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively

during the class time. Effective lesson plans that are sure to improve student performance consist of a set of

components that provide a framework for planning and implementing instruction. The five (5) components I

have chosen to discuss are: Creating a Positive Learning Environment, Assessment, Instructional

Process/Strategies, Media and Planning. I have located an online resource pertaining to each of these lesson

plan components, which can be found in the resource section of my Trends and Roles Blog. These online

resources will assist me in the future planning of the delivery of my lessons.

  Planning

Fink and Bloom’s Taxonomy will drive the planning for student learning. Successful identification of

objectives at each level of thinking will be considered when designing learning activities. Effective

communication of objectives, using the action verbs, ensures students know the learning outcomes. Utilizing

the example objectives in the article, diverse student needs can be accommodated and students can equally

participate, think and function. In applying the taxonomies, I can create a challenging lesson plan that guides

students to higher levels of thinking and learning. This leads to improved instruction, a richer learning

experience for students and increased student engagement.

Assessment

Evaluation of student assignments remains challenging. The Edutopia article demonstrates that rubrics are

useful in establishing a set of criteria for assessment of tasks. The article provides sample rubrics which can

assist in the development of rubrics from existing course objectives. Using rubrics will be a solution to the

subjectivity/objectivity grading dilemma and can facilitate the grading experience. Moreover, rubrics ensure

students know what is expected of them and can provide a way for a student and teacher to measure the quality

of work. Rubrics provide consistency in evaluating student work and will ensure fair, accurate and quick

grading.

 Media

The article is informative and a great resource highlighting several benefits of the flipped classroom. Students

gain content knowledge at home through audio/video prior to class, devoting class time to discussion,

exploration, experimentation and practice. Additional class time allows for extra support and intervention

when needed. Students can use the videos as a tool to review and prepare for examinations. The flipped

classroom ensures that I provide content through a variety of modalities, allowing students to learn at their own

pace but also in the way that best suits their learning needs. The flipped classroom will improve instruction and

learning.

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Instructional Process/Strategies

Problem-based learning (PBL)

 The article was chosen for its tools, templates, links and interactive video to illustrate how to effectively use

 PBL and plan a lesson. A valuable instructional tool in medical radiography, the PBL approach brings real-life

context and technology to the curriculum, encouraging students to become independent workers, critical

thinkers, and lifelong learners. Directed by the article, I can create and implement a high quality PBL lesson to

ensure a successful learning experience for students by adopting simulated situations, small group discussions,

brainstorming to attempt to identify clinical problems, and self-directed learning to enable students to research

their assigned learning issue.

 Creating a Positive Learning Environment

 An important role of an instructor is classroom manager. Effective teaching/learning cannot take place in a

 poorly managed classroom. This practical article discusses useful, easy to implement guidelines, which will

ensure favorable conditions for learning are created. I will strive to establish clear rules and procedures,

provide consequences for student behavior, establish clear learning goals and maintain student interest in

learning through the use of engaging classroom materials/activities. The article recommends many practical

strategies that emphasize equitable and positive classroom interactions with all students. This will ensure a

well-managed classroom providing an environment in which teaching and learning can flourish.

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References:

Edutopia Staff. (2013).What works in education: How do rubrics help? The George Lucas Educational

Foundation, Retrieved on November 7, 2013 from http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-guide-rubrics

 

Effective use of performance objectives for learning and assessment. (2005). Teacher and

Educational  Development. University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Retrieved on November 4,

2013 from http://ccoe.rbhs.rutgers.edu/forms/EffectiveUseofLearningObjectives.pdf

 

Marzano, R. J., & Marzano, J. S. (2003). The key to classroom management. Educational Leadership, 61(1),

6-13. Retrieved on November 10, 2013 from

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept03/vol61/num01/The-Key-to-Classroom-Management.aspx

 

10 steps to help you create a pbl lesson. (2012). Problem based learning, Retrieved on

November 2, 2013 from http://www.pblearning.com/10-steps-to-help-you-create-a-pbl-lesson.html

 

Tucker, B. (2012). The flipped classroom: Online instruction at home frees class time for

learning. EDUCATIONnext, 12(1), Retrieved on November 2, 2013

from http://educationnext.org/the-flipped- classroom/

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