How to not be a bad teacher


#3 | Over the next 5 weeks, we will deconstruct our master resource rubric and break down all of the components of an authentic Common Core lesson. Check out parts 1234567, and 8 of the series.

An especially confident educator might claim to have their lessons all thought out, assuring “of course I have the details in line. First I will this and then I will that, followed by a __ which I will __.” However, the problem is just that. Sure, you know your role, but what about your students’? How will you expect your students to act in response and what signs of comprehension will you look for? Sorry, but classroom dynamics are changing and putting yourself as the center of your lesson plan just isn’t going to cut it. This is why we included the following component in our Common Core lesson plan rubric:

Double planning is strategy that involves mapping not only teacher actions, but student actions as well. Throughout your instruction, it isn’t as if your students are sitting idle the entire time–or at least, they should not be. If you want your students to be active learners, you have to give them active roles whether that is as note-takers or assigned literary analyzers. Double planning requires educators to parallel their own teacher actions with what, how, and when students will be engaged. This includes what tools they will need to make this possible. The days of disconnected lecturing are over. Students should be actively involved in 75% of a lesson and this is no exaggeration. Whether they are taking guided notes during a lecture or analyzing text in groups, students also need the liberty to get creative in the classroom and make some mistakes to learn from. You might be in the driver’s seat/behind the wheel, but remember to let your students co-pilot.

To get an in depth breakdown of how to double plan, watch our video

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Follow us over the next weeks as we reveal more from our Common Core resource rubric! Read our entire series of posts:

1: Our beef with the Common Core
2: Holy moly! Teachers aren’t teaching Common Core standards
3: How to not be a bad teacher
4: Get your lessons diving deep in cognitive rigor
5. Help! I Lost All of My Students!
6. How to Give Students a Voice
7. How To Be Your Students’ Favorite
8. 4 Differentiation Tips You Need to Know




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