Lately, I have been really thinking about lesson planning. I had an observation recently and I stressed and spent hours preparing for it – writing the lesson plan, making the manipulatives, cutting out the manipulatives, putting everything into individual baggies, planning for not one but multiple subjects, small group math centers, small group reading centers, and the list does go on and on.
We all know that time is always and forever against us. My question is, HOW can I implement all of the wonderful teaching strategies I have learned into every day life in the classroom?
I tried to bring the community into my classroom for a project we were doing and those friends were not able to because of various reasons. So even when I do try these things, it seems as though there are so many factors working against great teaching.
Time, money, equipment, cooperation, involvement, etc.
How does one overcome all of these obstacles in order to deliver highly engaging, highly effective teaching?
Is there a way to somehow simplify the process – if my mindset is what needs to change – how exactly should I be thinking about teaching? Sometimes I know it’s a simple turn of phrase, sometimes it’s a simple act, sometimes it’s simply listening to students talk and express their thoughts. Other times, however, I feel bogged down by the amount of preparation required to deliver unique, engaging, effective instruction.
In the Skerrett and Bomer article, they discussed how students have literacies outside of those taught in school. How do I figure out what their specific literacies are and how to incorporate them in the classroom in a manageable way?