Backward Planning a Quality Lesson

Our Planning Framework


Lesson planning is complicated, and looks very different for first grade reading and high school geometry. But there are universally applicable intellectual habits that you can apply to planning any lesson, and our minis will help you better understand and practice those habits.

Our minis on planning will be most helpful if you share two of our basic values:

First, you plan standards-based, aim-driven lessons. That means you have a specific end-goal in mind for your students each day.

And second, you begin by planning what sort of *thinking* your students will do, rather than starting by conceiving of *activities.*

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Additional Resources

“Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes That Stick” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class helps instructional coaches and school leaders practice strategies for coaching teachers to make meaningful, long-lasting improvements in their instruction.

Related Minis

Step 1: Design A Target Task

The first step to backwards planning is designing an appropriate target task.

Running A Quality Lesson

Lesson Planning is one of three major variables that contribute to classroom learning.