Most lesson preparations focus on what you, the teacher, will be doing – what you’ll say and explain. Too often teachers forget to plan what students will be doing each step of the way. What will they be doing when you’re reviewing the model notes? Will they be taking notes? If so, where? On a blank sheet of paper? While you explain the skill theory for the day what will their task be?
Thinking about and planning for what students will do is critical. It helps you see the lesson through their eyes and keeps them productively engaged. It’s important to plan for what the students will be doing during each phase of your lesson as it is to plan for what you’ll be doing and saying.