Redefine Your Lesson Plans: Introducing The Instruction Positioning System

Do you use technology in your classroom?

How do you use it to prepare lesson plans? This is how most teachers do it

  1. Write a lesson-plan, and upload it on Google docs
  2. Browse the Internet for related lesson plans, and create a better one
  3. Prepare a lesson plan, and share it with their PLN for a critique

An Effective lesson plan is the key to a happening classroom. Unfortunately, it is tiresome work.

Almost every successful teacher spends hours framing lesson plans. They customize every aspect of their lessons. They personalize it till the extent possible. The process may be exhausting; but it rewards.

What is an effective lesson plan?

A good lesson plan helps collect the right material and organize it. It helps design the instruction and defines the outcome. And, it allows you to measure student success.

Components of an effective lesson plan

  1. Instructional Objectives
  2. Teaching Activities and Strategies
  3. Assessment
  4. Materials

Role of technology in lesson planning

People love Google- It’s pure knowledge. But they spend more time on Facebook. Why?

We’ll get to that, but first- Does technology really matter?

Yes. It does. Google docs, Wiki, online teaching resources and PLNs have reduced planning hours drastically. Instead of spending hours collecting resources- you can Google. Instead of towing a bag crammed with papers – you can email them. Technology has surely reduced lesson planning time. And, it has allowed us to diversify our lesson plans. Moreover, feedback from electronic grading systems helps us develop insight into student performance. However, is that all that technology can do for us? I

There is more. Here, we propose a new technological dimension to the approach of lesson planning.

Introducing the instruction positioning system

The greatest benefit technology offers is not the connections. It is interaction.

Why do people love GPS? Let’s see, it pinpoints your location; guides you towards the destination; and, if you take a wrong turn, it can bring you back on track. And, it helps find gas too. In short, a GPS device personalizes your map. It collects feedback from your current location, and maps it to your requirement.

As a teacher, you need to follow the same concept. Embrace a dynamic system. A system that personalizes your classroom. One that tells you how your students are doing, charts their growth, and sends a ping when students slip off-track.

Answer this –

What guides your lesson planning?

Do you design a lesson plan to meet standards, or do you design it to meet student needs?

It is rather difficult to personalize your instruction after you have created a lesson plan. A more effective method would be to create a dynamic lesson-plan based on the principles of personalized instruction. Think of an instruction positioning system, just like a GPS, which begins personalization right from the start – when you are framing the lesson-objective, and carries on till the feedback stage.

How to create one?

Difficult task. Student behavior is dynamic- it changes everyday. One can never truly measure student engagement (unless they are seated in front of a teacher.) Testing data only tells- how students performed yesterday. It does not predict how the students would act today.

A dynamic lesson plan = Instruction positioning system

Creating a dynamic lesson plan is not an easy job. You’ll still have to feed in the necessary – the objective, assessments, pre-requisites, learning and instructional activities. However, if you can make your lesson plan dynamic – one that interacts with the class, and updates itself in real time – you can ensure personalized learning.