Resources to Assist with Lesson Planning

Madeline Hunter type lesson plan

Madeline Hunter believed that the foremost job of teachers was decision making, and that each teacher makes thousands of decisions each day. All of the decisions a teacher makes can be put into one of three categories:

  1. content category – what you are going to teach
  2. teaching behavior category – what you as the teacher will do to facilitate and escalate that learning
  3. learning behavior category – how the students are going to learn and how they will let you know that they’ve learned it.

In response to a question asking her to assess the current educational situation in the 1990s, she said, “I believe the future of education is bright! We are beginning to unlock the mystery of the human brain and how it processes and learns. We, now, can enable teachers to use that knowledge to accelerate that learning process. No longer is teaching a ‘laying on of hands.’ It has become a profession that combines science with art to create a better and a more productive world for humankind.”

Hunter identified seven components for teaching:

  1. knowledge of human growth and development
  2. content
  3. classroom management
  4. materials
  5. planning
  6. human relations
  7. instructional skills.

Madeline also developed a direct instructional model and elements of effective instruction.
The instructional model has seven components:

  1. objectives
  2. standards
  3. anticipatory set
  4. teaching (input, modeling, checking for understanding)
  5. guided practice/monitoring
  6. closure
  7. independent practice.

The elements of effective instruction are very similar to those of the instructional model, featuring seven components of teaching and behavioral objectives:

  1. objectives
  2. set (hook)
  3. standards/expectations
  4. teaching (input, modeling/demo, direction giving, and checking for understanding)
  5. guided practice
  6. closure
  7. independent practice.

Madeline was the creator of Instructional Theory into Practice (ITIP). ITIP is a teaching model on inservice/staff development program widely used during the 1970’s and 80’s.
(wikipedia – )

Multiple Intelligences

Click here for more information about Multiple Intelligences and a Multiple Intelligence quiz.

Multiple intelligence US Biology example.

Constructivist Model of Lesson Plan

What is meant by constructivism? The term refers to the idea that learners construct knowledge for themselves—each learner individually (and socially) constructs meaning—as he or she learns. 3 Constructing meaning is learning; there is no other kind. The dramatic consequences of this view are twofold;

  1. We have to focus on the learner in thinking about learning (not on the subject/lesson to be taught)
  2. There is no knowledge independent of the meaning attributed to experience (constructed) by the learner, or community of learners.
    (institute for inquiry – )

4Mat Lesson Planning

4MAT is a method for helping anyone learn anything. It has been used in thousands of teaching settings for over 25 years.

Key Tenets and Beliefs of 4Mat Planning.

  • The teacher is the single greatest contributor to student academic success.
  • People learn in many different ways.
  • Teachers should work to accommodate these differences to ensure the success of every student.
  • Students learn best when they access and apply information in a variety of ways.
  • Many students are not served through traditional instruction (we define traditional instruction as lecture/practice, where the student is subservient to the content), yet traditional instruction is still the primary strategy that many teachers use to deliver information.
  • Teachers need more than just content knowledge to succeed. They need to know how to design learning in ways that students find stimulating, enjoyable and challenging.
  • Students learn best when they interact and share with others.
  • Students learn best when they apply knowledge to real-life challenges and situations.
  • In a changing world, learning is the one thing that will always remain constant.
     Project Based Learning Lesson Plan Guide and PBL Resources

According to Wikipedia, Project based learning, or PBL, is a constructivist pedagogy that intends to bring about deep learning by allowing learners to use an inquiry based approach to engage with issues and questions that are rich, real and relevant to their lives. This strategy is well served since the onset of the read/write Web. Teachers have ready made content easily available via the Web and the tools to allow for creative student directed creation of content related to the problems and questions contained in the project being studied.

(Colorado Adult Education Center –
(Alabama Best Practices Center wiki –

Inquiry Based Learning Plans

Inquiry-based lesson plans are usually referred to as “facilitation plans,” to help teachers remember their role as facilitator of learning, rather than fount of all wisdom. The notion also helps teachers structure lessons more loosely to allow student questions to drive the learning process without derailing it.
(Thirteen ed online -

Backward by Design – Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

In “Understanding by Design,” Wiggins and McTighe (1998) share a template for lesson planning. By starting your planning with the end point in mind you are able to devise the path for reaching the goal. They also discuss the six facets for understanding which can be keys for planning your assessments.

Six Facets of Understanding

  • explain provide thorough and justifiable accounts of phenomena, facts, and data
  • interpret — tell meaningful stories, offer apt translations, provide a revealing historical or personal dimension to ideas and events; make subjects personal or accessible through images, anecdotes, analogies, and models
  • apply — effectively use and adapt what they know in diverse contexts
  • have perspective — see and hear points of view through critical eyes and ears; see the big picture
  • empathize — find value in what others might find odd, alien, or implausible; perceive sensitively on the basis of prior indirect experience
  • have self-knowledge — perceive the personal style, prejudices, projections, and habits of mind that both shape and impede our own understanding; they are aware of what they do not understand and why understanding is so hard
    From the Educational Research Service Web site:

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