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Teacher's Corner
The Lesson Plan: What to Leave In? What to Leave Out?

from Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential

During a short conversation recently with friend of mine who just began his teaching career, I reflected on my first days of teaching, some 15 years ago. I had everything planned out. Five to 10 minutes for the introduction, 7 minutes for the first activity, 9 minutes for this, 15 minutes for that, and so on. The end of each lesson always contained a "wrap-up" questioning time and assigning of homework. Each lesson of my unit was neat and organized. I was ready!

In truth, the written plan looked more like a schedule of events than a class. More often than not, student questions, ideas, and answers led the class in a different direction, and I rarely kept to my anticipated time blocks. My planned classes were certainly not going as planned! more

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