Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mini Lesson Know How

Why, How, and When to Use a Mini Lesson???

Mini lessons are perfect for quick lessons that involve active engagement.  The mini lesson should focus on a very specific teaching point. 

If you really focus in and get specific, the lesson should take you about 10 to 15 minutes (plus or minus 5 minutes).  This is where some teachers (including myself at times) goof up.  They try to cram in too many ideas into one lesson.  KEEP YOUR STUDENTS ACTIVELY ENGAGED - THIS IS THE KEY TO THE NEW LEARNING.  

Depending on who and what you want to focus your instruction on; the groups can be for a whole group, small group, or even with individual students. 

Here is a tool that will help you plan, organize, and really focus in on your mini lessons.

Click for FREE Mini Lesson Checklist on my Teachers Pay Teachers