You know those lessons that end and we’re left feeling kind of meh? They’re the ones that aren’t total train wrecks but the lackluster energy in the room is enough to make us question whether or not we should start over from scratch? Before you do that and spend hours recreating your lesson, try this easy step:
Map out the flow of the lesson.
As teachers we’re passionate creatures who get really fired up about the topics other people probably never even think about. We’re in the right place doing the right work, and the job calls for this passion day in and day out. But when we get super into our content we can accidentally forget who our audience is: kids. We can forget to consider what it feels like to sit through a lesson. So when we take a quick step back and look at our lesson from a wider scope and actually walk through our own materials like we’re one of our students, we might find there’s simply an imbalance in the flow that made the lesson feel less than great.
By mapping out the flow of a lesson, we can rearrange, adjust our timing, and build in opportunities for elements that might be lacking or missing entirely. There’s no need to start all over and trash our work whenever a lesson falls flat. Try this out before your next lesson!