Sometimes no matter how well you plan, your mini lesson may not land the way you envisioned. Many factors could be at play but regardless you’re left with a mini lesson that needs to be retaught. The first thing you want to do is look over your template and try to pinpoint where in the lesson you saw students start to lose focus or understanding of the lesson. Then think back to your original objective and ask yourself:
What was the original point of your mini lesson?
-What were the obstacles to my students fully grasping the objective?
-Did I provide enough practice?
-Do I need to go one step back from your original objective? I.e. scaffold the learning more.
Ex: You are teaching about character traits but students were not able to identify any independently even with a word bank. You might need to step back and teach about adjectives and have them apply it to themselves first before asking them to apply the lesson to a character in a book.
A good teacher looks at their state standards and plans their lessons in advance so that students can get the best possible instruction. A great teacher does all of the above and looks at her students needs and adjusts accordingly.
This is part of the work and may make your timeline shift but it is what we need to do to make sure that students get the best instruction from us. Need more support for your mini lesson?
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