Today, we’re taking a look at how to conduct a lesson plan assessment.
You may use this reflective document to personally think about what went well in the lesson. In addition to, what could improve, and how you’d like to do it the next time. I find it an incredibly valuable resource for making my classroom dynamic and student-focused, and we share it in our online class, assessment for makers.
I know that none of us have enough time in the day to get everything done, and that many of us automatically make a mental note of when something goes well or goes awry in our lessons. However, I can assure you that by taking just 5 minutes to use this handy reflection document, you will see a dramatic difference in how you teach and in how your students learn. Even the best of us can’t remember every detail of our reflection from a lesson plan. And if you’re a new teacher, you’ve got so many things on your plate, reflection is not always the top priority.
By taking a few moments to think about and write down ideas about the lesson, you have a wonderful resource for the future – it will save you time in planning lessons the following year, or even for the following unit. It’s also great for keeping track of who is doing well and who is struggling and how you can differentiate your instruction to meet those varying needs.
This resource goes great with the Lesson Plan Checklist, which is done while writing your lesson plan to make sure all the critical elements are in place. Grab them both and rock out your teaching this year!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.