#PhenomenalFriday: After-Planning Is Key

#PhenomenalFriday: After-Planning Is Key

For the past two years, I’ve gone to Barnes and Noble to review my upcoming instructional week. It enables me to time out lessons, catch things that I missed and find ways to enhance my instruction.

Friday, it bore fruit. How?

To start the instructional day, I analyzed a “Pronouns” grammar passage with the kids. During the “After-Planning” at Barnes and Noble, I realized that I could embed a few other components to this lesson. So, while reading the story, I asked the kids a few comprehension questions. 

What’s the setting? The problem?

Once the scholars were done inputting all the Pronouns in the passage, I read it fluently with them…modeling correct rate and expression. 

Following that, I gave them two Reader’s Response questions.

1. Have you ever felt like the boy?

2. How will act next time he sees the boys? 

I couldn’t believe it. With a simple comb over of the lesson, I found ways to embed three other components in the lesson.

Moving on to Word Power, I had the students analyze the weekly words. One of the words was “sum”, which is a Math word. So, I had them do a 2 by 2 digit problem and explain how they got the answer. 

Additionally, the kids responded to a prompt with picture and word. In one student’s response, he shared where the children were located(setting).

Closing out the day, I introduced Character Feelings to the kids with a clip from Pixar’s “Inside/Out.”

After that video-aloud, I frontloaded the vocabulary. And to practice that vocabulary, I took the kids through a “Character Feelings” google slide. It had gifs, memes and videos. The approach was engaging yet rigorous. 

Results of the lesson: The kids rocked their Character Feelings exit ticket.

After-Planning Is Key.

Student Response to Grammar Passage.

I leave you with one thing.

1. Do you prepare after you prepare?

Be Phenomenal, Mr. Short

Published by Jeremiah Short

My name is Jeremiah Short, and I'm a educator with six years of experience. I love to teach and the overall craft of the profession. I've written one book on my journey(As I Took My Walk With God Volume I: I Stopped Wasting God's Time) with a second one way (As I Took My Walk With God Volume II: Greatness Was Upon Them). In addition to writing books, I've created several instructional routines: Word Power, T.I.D.E., Bloom's Units: Reading and The Phenomenal Classroom.

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