Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #18

Change your planning: timing, sequence and lesson structure

Thinking about lesson or unit planning may mean changing how we introduce or end a lesson. It could include planning to include some silence if we want to students to have time to reflect and wonder. It can be decisions about what to include or exclude; for example, including a faith connection or excluding detail in order to highlight a new emphasis. It could include the pace we set and allowing time for slow contemplation or group discussion.

  • Teachers can allow time for students to attend to an artwork rather than glancing at it. This can mean returning to look at it more than once in a lesson as a way of respecting the artist. They can plan time in an English lesson for different ways of reading a text, including slow reading so that students may come to love a text.
  • Teachers can change their introductions and endings, introducing a painting as a visitor from another country or ending an art lesson with sitting before a painting and letting the painting having the ‘last word’.
These examples show that incorporating a new perspective at the planning stage is more likely to make it happen.
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