Examine the Teaching-Learning Plan
The Teaching-Learning Plan was introduced in the Study phase. Now it’s time to take a deeper look at this important document.
Overview and Guiding Questions
Your team may already be using the Teaching-Learning Plan to summarize some of your thinking. If you are not familiar with it, now is the time to take a careful look at the Teaching-Learning Plan, which is designed to:
- Capture your team’s study of the topic, so readers can easily see what you learned.
- Explain and justify the unit and lesson design, including how they relate to your long-term goals.
- Guide lesson observers to collect data on key elements of the goals and theory of action.
In daily practice, teachers make many quick, solo judgments about what works for their students. Collaborating as a team to write a teaching-learning plan provides a rare opportunity to make the thinking behind teaching visible and available for discussion.
If your team is not familiar with the Teaching-Learning Plan Template, take 5-10 minutes to examine it, and note anything you find interesting or puzzling. The filled-in example of a Teaching-Learning Plan may shed light on some of the features you find puzzling. Spend another 5-10 minutes to discuss as a team;
- What features of this Teaching-Learning Plan are unfamiliar to us, and what is their purpose?
- What features might help other educators–who observe the lesson or who read the plan– learn from our team’s work?
After your review, write up components that your team has already discussed; for example, the Research Theme (with your Theory of Action) (#2) and the Background and Research on the Content (#3).