Backward Planning a Quality Lesson

Step 3: Key Skills & Content


You're ALMOST ready to teach.

You wrote the Target Task that students will complete today.

You did the Target Task yourself and learned exactly what the task asks of students.

Step three describes how to maintain a laser focus on the content and skills kids will need to complete the Target Task. You'll write a detailed (and manageable) list that will focus your activities and your feedback on what really matters to today's lesson. As a result, you'll teach exactly what needs to be taught, and give feedback on only key content and skills.

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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

Step 1: Design A Target Task

Did you skip step 1? Click here to learn how to design a Target Task.

Step 2: Think Like a Student

Did you skip Step 2? Click here to learn the importance of doing the work yourself, before your students do it.