For discussion and learning on Lesson Planning, I researched 5 lesson plan components and have examined how each resource will improve my instruction.
Bloom’s Taxonomy – An excellent resource I found to support implementation of Bloom’s taxonomy was the website for Humber Centre for Teaching and Learning. http://humber.ca/centreforteachingandlearning/instructional-strategies/teaching-methods/course-development-tools/blooms-taxonomy.html. I chose this resource because it provides clear application of the taxonomy, taking into consideration the current needs of learners (ie. Blooms Digital Taxonomy). Moving students from ‘remembering’ to critical thinking and application of knowledge is the goal in all Nursing education. This site will provide me with tools to craft relevant questions and plan appropriate activities for meeting course objectives.
Adult Learning – This faculty focus article is a straightforward and relevant resource for considering the needs of adult learners.http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/three-strategies-creating-meaningful-learning-experiences/. I chose this resource to ensure my lesson planning is learner-centered. Adult learners require content that is relevant and applicable. This article identifies the need for course content to be what students ‘want’ to learn, and provides strategies to achieve this. Tools focusing on relevance and engagement will assist me in planning; improving my ability to instruct what is most meaningful.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment – A resource from the University of Saskatchewan, http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/resources/teaching/environment, gives practical tips on establishing a positive learning environment. This website provides methods for managing classrooms and creating connections with learners. I found the advice from experienced educators meaningful and it gave me insight on how to form relationships with my students. Considering trust and the diversity of learners are important aspects of an effective learning environment. Applying strategies like rapport building during attendance, will strengthen my ability to make the classroom a positive place to learn.
Motivational Techniques – A website with unique ideas for motivating adult learners is, http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/isd/30-ways-to-motivate-adult-learners/. Motivation and sparking learners interest can be a challenge. I chose this resource as the suggestions were creative and useful with a focus on stimulating intrinsic motivation. Concepts such as exploration, challenge, humour and wit all identified with me as a strategies that I could easily implement for my instruction. Understanding the variety of ways to creatively motivate learners will improve my planning and instruction.
Instructional Process/Strategies – An interesting resource with videos highlighting instructional strategies is http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/ketae/. This site is useful for examining different processes such as closing, variety, and ice-breakers. When the educator, Duane Lambert, discusses techniques for closure, I was able to envision implementing his ideas into my classroom practice. Encouraging adult learners to take information discussed and articulate how they would connect it with content previously learned, will cement the content and stress the relevancy of what is being taught.