I remember sitting in my “methods classes” as an undergraduate: I poured over the intricacies of writing lesson plans, attended to every detail with careful attention, and was determined to compose a beautiful “score” that would engage and enlighten every student. After spending hours at it, I wondered how I would do this each day for so many subjects and classes. Then I taught one of those lesson plans. I realized as soon as I finished that I would have to be prepared to let it go if I were to pay attention to the learners in front of me. I’m not going to lie, it was an existential moment. All that planning, all that work, just to let it go and do it again the next day?
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I didn’t live in that angsty place for long. I quickly realized that the purpose of writing the lesson plan wasn’t prescriptive; rather, it was an integral part of the process that got me ready to teach. It gave me focus and was a vehicle to help me find my most centered teaching self. Like all creative processes, there isn’t a right one. There are lots of right ones that we must call upon at any given time. My colleague, Lily Jones, has insightfully written about some of those “right” ways
and inspired this week’s selection of videos on the power of writing lesson plans.
3 Videos on Lesson Planning