Planning is bringing the future into the present, so you can do something about it now!
What cannot be planned, cannot be executed. In the prevailing circumstances, where Covid is having such serious consequences for the education sector, it has become all the more important for educators to have in place, a solid plan in order to be able to effectively impart good quality education to their students and maximise productivity even in these trying times. Therefore, planning makes an essential element of remote teaching. We bring to you some of the best and most effective planning strategies as discussed in our webinar about “Creating Lesson Plans for Remote Teaching” as part of our series of webinars called “Teaching for the New Normal”.
- What to keep in mind before planning?
While creating lesson plans for remote teaching, it is essential for educators to take into consideration what the educational institution is aiming for. The practices used must align with the vision and mission of the institution and encapsulate it’s larger objective. It is also essential to be on the same page about all plans with the stakeholders- the parents, educators and students in order to ensure that they are receiving what is intended. It is also crucial to draw a balance between synchronous & asynchronous work by understanding the readiness of the teachers, students and parents community before going remote.
- How to structure & design lessons?
The 5 E model enables educators to clearly break down their teaching plan into 5 segments- Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. The 5 E’s are vital to the planning process as they help in effectively pacing and structuring lessons. An array of online tools such as Padlet, Google Classroom, Flipgrid, Quizlet, Quizizz, Seesaw, Socrative and Mentimeter etc. can be used to execute each of the 5Es during any given lesson.
- Are Lesson Objectives important for planning?
Every lesson should have a clearly outlined objective. It sets out what you plan for the students to learn and be able to demonstrate. it is essential to understand what makes quality lesson objectives and how to build them. Bloom’s Taxonomy is a set of 3 hierarchical models which classify lesson objectives based on their complexity and is a great way for teachers to assess the quality of their lesson objectives.
- How to increase student involvement in planning?
Student involvement in the planning process can be increased by introducing students to the practices and tools used by educators and collecting their feedback about those tools so as to understand which tools are more effective and make learning more comfortable for students.
- How to choose appropriate online tools?
It is important to take into account the needs of the age group as well as the promotion of student agency and accordingly select appropriate online tools which also align with the lesson objectives. It is important to remember that tools cannot replace good teaching practices. Tools should supplement learning objectives, and be aligned with them clearly, and not become the objective of learning.
Lastly, try to look at this sudden switch to screens as an opportunity to take your teaching up a notch by exploring new avenues, trying different approaches, collaborating, discussing and planning with other educators and even curating some of your own innovative strategies and practices exclusive to your e-classroom to facilitate better learning!
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