Big Ideas for Teachers

Running A Quality Lesson


Lesson Quality is the most sprawling and nuanced of the variables that go into generating classroom learning. But all quality lessons have some basic common qualities:

First, they comprise many tight loops of practice and feedback. That is, students practicing new tasks, and teachers giving them feedback on their execution.

And second, a quality lesson is always tight. There's no wasted time, smooth transitions, and every activity is explicitly in the service of moving kids towards today's goal.

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Additional Resources

“Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class explains 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to help teachers thrive in their first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

Related Minis

Starting with a Do-Now

Get your quality lesson off to a good start with a Do-Now to focus students and get data on what they know.

Ending with an Exit Ticket

End your quality lesson with an Exit Ticket to get data on how well they learned, and what you have to reteach tomorrow.

How Classroom Learning Happens

See the role that Lesson Quality plays as a variable in our formula for student learning.