Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #6
Begin With The End

“Why are you teaching the material you are teaching? What’s the outcome you desire? How does this outcome relate to what you’ll teach tomorrow and to what your students need to have learned to be ready for the fourth or eighth or tenth grad?”

KEY IDEA:  When planning, progress from unit planning to lesson planning.  Begin with the objective so instead of thinking what will my students do today, think what will my students understand today? 

The unit process:

  1. Refining and perfecting the objective based on the degree to which the objective the day before was mastered

  1. Planning a short daily assessment that will effectively determine whether the objective was mastered

  1. Planning the activity, or, more precisely, a sequence of activities, that lead to mastery of the objective

  1. In short-  Objective, assessment, activity


Summary of Begin with the End:

1.         Progressing from unit planning to lesson planning
2.       Using a well-framed objective to define the goal of each lesson
3.       Determining how you’ll assess your effectiveness in reaching our goal
4.       Deciding on your activity


From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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