Thursday, May 17, 2012


In my lesson plans, I have each day planned out, but the lessons are planned with the end in mind like a 5-day unit.  The lesson one day feeds into the next lesson and we continue to build upon prior knowledge.  Each day, I follow the steps of explicit instruction (introduction, presentation, guided practice, independent practice, closure), but we are building on previous lessons.  I have an assessment daily, but it may be as simple as using individual white boards to work problems as I monitor.  It works well in my class at the elementary level.  I plan each day, but I plan it as a whole unit, not just as an isolated lesson.

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