AY 375 - Fall 2018: Third Day Lesson Plan

Section Recap (20 minutes)

Reminder that this is something we intend to do every week and that everyone should come prepared to share about how their previous sections went.

(3 minutes) Warm-Up: Individually, think about how section went this past week. Questions to keep in mind:

  • What did you do?
  • How did you implement your activities?
  • What worked?
  • What didn't work?
  • What would you do differently?
  • How did you assess learning?
  • Did you receive any unexpected questions/reactions/etc.?
  • Did anything unexpected happen?
  • What were you thinking about while you were running section? Any moments of panic?

(17 minutes) Open the floor up for general questions and sharing about how sections are going.

Learning Objectives and Blooms's Taxonomy of Learning (20 minutes)

Note: Powerpoint Slides were used, which roughly followed the lesson plan below (but not exactly)…

(10 minutes) Telephone-Learning-Objectives Exercise

(10 minutes) As a class, brainstorm verbs used in questions/exams (“describe”, “summarize”, “synthesize”) and rank them as “higher/lower” levels of learning. Essentially create Bloom's taxonomy as a class first, and then pass out Bloom handout. Students often treat learning as fact memorization and regurgitation. As GSIs, we want to help students come to a higher level of understanding. How can the questions we ask and the lesson plans we write encourage this?

Lesson Plans (45 minutes)

(40 minutes) Unpacking a topic to form learning objectives and a lesson plan

(5 minutes) A good section has a lesson plan that targets these learning objects (and is implemented well). Reference 12-step guide for making a lesson plan. Discuss each step briefly.

Encourage students to keep a record of their lesson plans and to reflect on each one after they use it. We will be collecting their lesson notebooks to glance through them at some point in the semester!

Homework + Questions (5 minutes)

  1. Glance over everyone's teaching times on the main page of the Wiki and see who you might want to pair up with for section visits. Everyone teaching this semester must be visited at least once. Everyone must go on at least one visit.
  2. Keep creating, logging, and reflecting on those lesson plans! Write at least one learning objective on your lesson plan each week.
  3. Read this article.