Lesson Plan Buzz Words

The last blog post focused on components of a lesson plan.  Part of that planning is discussing and understanding the educational language involved in lesson planning and collaborating around instruction. We as educators throw around buzz words and not know the meaning or the purpose. But you maybe nervous to ask because you feel “everyone else knows” or you feel exposed and think you are the only one who does not know the “buzz word”.  So I wanted to throw some buzzwords and meanings out there to support. 

Activator – an activity designed to get students’ minds active and in gear about a topic before they learn anything new about it

Agenda – an itinerary or road map; a list that delineates the sequence of steps that will occur over the course of the activity to develop mastery of the objective

Anchor – finding a place to put newly acquired information; attaching learning to previous experiences to build upon previously internalized knowledge and schema

Big Idea – important ideas that students should carry away from the study of a topic; understanding that is intended to last a lifetime

Check for Understanding – knowing when students do or don’t understand

Criteria for Success – the qualities that must be present for a performance or product to both meet the standards and be deemed successful

Differentiation – specific ways for each individual to learn as deeply as possible and as quickly as possible, without assuming one student’s road map for learning is identical to anyone else’s

Essential Question – derived from the desire to understand; requires real-life applied problem solving; resides at the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy; its answer is not found but invented

Explanatory Devices – tools that can be used to present information and explain concepts within any approach to teaching

Framing – behaviors that help student place new information in a larger framework of meaning at the beginning of a lesson

Learning Experiences – what students experience in their environments; the particular attributes of an activity; the impact of teacher choices

Lesson – the planned time period when students engage content through experiences that teachers have designed

Mental Framework – the boundaries and focus of one’s thinking; one’s cognitive attitude

Metacognition – thinking about thinking; the process of considering and regulating one’s own learning

Monitor Progress – the teacher’s understanding of each individual student’s progress in relation to the objective; an awareness of the development of mastery over time

Objective – an image of what a student will know and be able to do when the instruction is over; the desired student performance outcome

Presenting Information – introducing new ideas and skills

Student Engagement – motivated effort; attention to the task; active participation in learning

Student-Friendly Language –articulating clearly, concisely, and in terms that are accessible for all students; employing content lexicon without using inappropriate or unnecessary vocabulary

Summarizing – explicitly pulling everything together for all to see or hear

Transition – a break between two different learning experiences or environments

Warm Up – mental calisthenics; reduces the loss of momentum in transitions

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