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Teaching & Learning

Lesson Planning: A six part lesson planning cycle around which all lessons are planned. This is derived from the TEEP model and Alistair Smith’s Accelerated learning cycle and is built upon what we know about effective learning.  For example, all new learning is built upon what the learner already knows/understands, hence “connect the learning” is the first part of the cycle.

The 6 part lesson structure

  • Connect the Learning - The teacher plans to: Connect new learning to prior learning and existing knowledge, make connections with world outside of the classroom, stimulate thinking about new learning to come. Teachers use this opportunity to gauge what students already know.
  • Discuss Learning Outcomes and Agree Success Criteria - Teachers explicitly share the purpose of the lessons with their students so that the students are in no doubt as to what is expected of them during the lesson. The teacher will: make the content, skills and thinking explicit; state clearly what the students will have learned by the end of the lesson; discuss and share the criteria against which the learning will be assessed.
  • Share New Information - Students will be presented with or introduced to the new information that they are required work with. Teachers need to consider what will be the best way to present the information so that it provides for maximum inclusion of the students.
  • Challenge Activity - Developing Understanding - Students are given the time (about 20 minutes) and opportunity to develop understanding of the new information and to practice using their developing skills. The students are actively engaged in exploring the content. At this time it would be common for them to be working in groups, talking with each other about their work quite often making errors but most of all working towards building a personal understanding what they have been presented with.
  • Demonstrating New Learning and Understanding - Students are participating in a task or tasks that will allow them to demonstrate their developing understanding of the content that was presented. During this time teachers and students may be involved in assessing and evaluating the outcomes of the students’ learning. Over time there should be a variety of techniques and methods used to determine the levels of achievement.
  • Review / Reflect - Review takes place throughout lesson, however, teachers should make time for students to consolidate understanding and might: Pose questions to unpack what has been learnt and how well; pose questions to encourage reflection on how learning took place; preview next learning steps.