Writing objectives, as any teacher knows, is only half the battle. Translating those learning objectives into daily lesson plans and practices is an additional challenge. One suggestion we make is that lessons be repeated so children have multiple experiences to engage with materials, discovering new ways to manipulate, observe, and transform them. In a similar way, objectives can be used over time to support children’s learning, instead of being completed in a day. The robust learning objectives and rubrics you have been creating cannot be met and completed in one day. Consider a lesson plan format that can account for this. What are the requirements for a lesson plan format in your school? Most programs describe lesson plans that include what happens daily, with ECIP classrooms also considering how IEP goals will be embedded into general classroom practice. Explore the lesson plan format below, and consider how you can modify this plan to account for ongoing investigations, whole group lessons, and the broader learning objectives you have for both. Notice how concept exploration can take place over multiple days, and how assessment of learning objectives is written into the plans as well. Feel free to use this lesson plan template to customize for your own needs, which can be found in the EXTEND electron.
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