Posts about Lesson Planning

Learn about our curriculum, take a deep dive into some of its features, and much more.

Posts about Lesson Planning

Teaching Complex Texts During a Complex Year

July 22, 2020   Anne Lyneis

With students out of school for months, you may worry that complex grade-level texts will be out of their reach, but with the right preparation and supports instruction is both possible and much richer.

What Makes a Good Math Problem?

June 24, 2020   Kate Gasaway

While flawed problems have unique weaknesses, we have some theories on four unifying characteristics of good math problems: clarity, diagnosticity, tractability, and joy.

Take a deep dive into these facets with before and after examples of each essential attribute.

The Problem with Some Problems

May 20, 2020   

Math teachers know that not all problems are great problems. The not-so-great problems might lack clarity, fail to engage the skills they're meant to target, or demonstrate cultural tone-deafness. Take a look at how 5 problems went from “so-so” to “spot-on”.

Engaging with Earth Day—Even If You Don’t Teach Science

April 14, 2020   

Earth Day is April 22nd. Explore ways to incorporate lessons about climate change into your classroom.

Goldilocks and the Three Lesson Plans

February 15, 2020   Kate Gasaway

At one end of the curriculum spectrum, there are fully-scripted, off-the-shelf options and at the other is, well, nothing—a blank page leaving you unlimited possibilities for what to plan. Could the best answer lie somewhere in the middle?