After I’ve written a lesson plan, I review it and sometimes discover that I have taught my learners how to do something, but not clearly illustrated how the day’s lesson aligns to at least one of the course’s learning objectives.
If I can’t clearly align the lesson to the objects, then can I expect my learners to?
I cured this problem by doing two things: As I create a lesson plan, I look at the course objectives and align the lesson to one or two of the objects. Next, I create a couple of questions I want the learners to answer at the end of the lesson.
The entire lesson … the lecture, the activities, the student presentation, and the assignment handed out at the end of the class … clearly supports the chosen objectives and the questions.
Sometimes I’ll write the lesson and course objectives on the white board. I will also write out the questions of the day I want the learners to answers.
Both the objectives and the questions remain on the board throughout the class, and I will often refer to them in the lecture or ask the students to think about them as they work on the class activities or presentations.
Posting the objectives and questions on the board allows the students to reflect on the topic and tie them to other lessons and even other courses in the program.
I sometimes wrap up the class with a brief discussion or question and answer session about the learning objectives and the questions of the day. It’s an easy way to reflect on how well the students understand the material as well as how well I create the lesson plan.