Today I want to share some quick tips about how expert teachers lesson plan. Before an expert teacher gets started, they ask themselves:

  1. What are the skills I need to teach and how do kids master it TODAY? Less is more! Expert teachers really edit what they are teaching.
  1. What kind of behaviors do I need the kids to master in order to get my content? It’s important to teach kids how to act in order for them to access the lesson and learn the new skill. 
  1. Which kids are struggling? Who do I need to check in with and give extra support? 
  1. Finally, what previously mastered skill can I link this to? How can I connect this learning to prior learning? We want skills to be linked to what kids already know how to do. 

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