In the last two blog posts we talked about the structure of the mini lesson and the point/purpose of a mini lesson.
Today I’d like to talk to you about some Dos and Don’ts of a mini lesson.
Like anything else that we do sometimes just having the framework is enough for us to take off running, but sometimes we need a little more information to make sure we are going in the right direction. Here are my top do’s and don’ts when planning a mini lesson.
Mini Lesson Do’s
–Do plan it out ahead of time
–Do focus only on one unpacked portion of a standard
–Do use concise language kid friendly language
–Do use a timer
–Do practice running through your lesson at least once
–Do gather all materials in advance
–Do start your anchor chart /have a plan for how you want it to go
–Do assign learning partners so students can turn and talk during your lesson
–Do keep it simple
–Do plan a time for students to practice
Mini Lesson Don’ts
–Don’t try to wing it
–Don’t try to teach more than one objective in one sitting
–Don’t be long winded
–Don’t lose track of time
–Don’t compose your entire anchor chart in front of the class.
–Don’t leave students to figure things out on their own.
–Don’t plan an elaborate multi step lesson
–Don’t expect students to master the lesson
Choose one of the Do’s and tag me on social to let me know how it works for you. I love to connect with you. Let’s learn together.
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