A Good Lesson
1. Is relevant. It links to what was done the day before, connects to what will be done in the future. It is part of a continuum of learning that makes sense to students.
2. Is presented in a systematic way. Anything is easy when broken into parts. It is up to the teacher to break it down and then put it back together for (and with) the students.
3. Gives time for kids to use the concept themselves. First, the concept is modeled and drilled, then it is available for the kids to “run” with.
4. Has ongoing assessment---question / answer, exit pass, partner work, quick write and check, speak and check, etc.
5. Has some surprises. Leaves kids excited about what awaits them the next lesson BUT has some predictability so that kids can understand what is expected of them.
6. Always instructs. Always teaches something new.
7. Spirals. Should mix in the new and old. Each concept or vocabulary word is like a lego: not much on its own, but once understood, able to be used to build again
8. Piques curiosity. Encourages students to further investigate on their own.
9. Is primarily in the target language with the teacher taking care to mostly use
vocabulary the students understand and mix in new words here and there.
10. Garners respect from the students. They know when they are learning and when the teacher is putting it all together in a professional way. When the teacher cares, the kids care.