Show Blended Learning in a Lesson Plan

I loved writing out a good lesson plan. And I was always disappointed when an administrator didn’t look in my plan book for the lesson plan. There was some art (and a few arrows) there — and my boss missed it.

Teachers who embrace blended learning struggle with how to represent that blended learning to administrators less fluent in blended learning. How could your lesson plan make it clearer to your administrator the totality of the learning in your classroom?

First, let’s differentiate between adding technology to a lesson and actually writing a blended learning lesson plan.

Adding tech does not make your classroom a blended learning epicenter. Your lesson plan reveals to the administrator walking through your classroom where participants are in their learning. By making a blended learning lesson plan clear and concise, your administrator can quickly understand what s/he is viewing. “Hey, this teacher is not only using technology, but has thoughtfully created a blended learning environment. I see it here in his/her lesson plan. This is a format that I can fully understand and I now know what is going on.” I am sure that is pretty close to Administrator self-talk? It isn’t just signing out the iPad cart, blended learning is using the learning which can be done asynchronously online to accomplish more personal instruction with those you teach face-to-face at rotating times. And that can be complex to represent on paper to someone who is not practiced in blended learning.

Second, some of us have to turn in strict lesson plans while others maintain plan books.

I guess you already know which you are. Looking at lesson plans can inform those keeping plan books, but plan books might not be as helpful to those required to submit strict lesson plans. If you need to talk it out, that is what blog comment sections are for luckily.

If you are confident in your understanding of blended learning and you are ready to thoughtful represent it in your lesson plan and/or plan book consider some of the following formats:

Label the Parts

I like the lesson plan “Blended Learning Lesson Plan Template 2” as simple, straight-forward look at the components of what your class is doing identifiable by ‘activity’ in the classroom. This represents a more linear classroom sequence, and might not overtly present differentiation in its current form. This could be a good way to start laying out different activities during a class period and then considering ways to remix them based on student needs. This also fits nicely horizontally into a plan book and if already have a handle on ‘how’ students rotate through these stages of learning in your room.

Sketch it Out

Here is a “Lesson Plan Workflow” from Horry County Schools.This is a very generic start to a lesson plan, but the facet I really like is the classroom layout/sketch. You could number any stations sequentially if students progress through at their own pace, you could include grouping/regrouping lists of students; that layout/sketch could really orient your administrator.