At the recent Big Picture Learning conference, Sir Ken Robinson stated, “If you design a system to do something, don’t be surprised if it does it.” Just as schools were designed as factory models to produce one-size-fits-all knowledge, lesson plans were designed to deliver the same objective to a whole group of students in the same manner. Differentiation is at best a footnote.
For teachers to truly push beyond the 1-size model of learning, they need a new way of approaching lesson planning. If we design a 21C planning template correctly, the concept of “lesson” planning transforms to learning experience planning, and personalization comes to the forefront. Here is the anatomy of a 21C sample template using a Station Rotation model.
If we fail to redesign our key tools, and simply implement new instructional models around the whole-group planning models, we run the risk of creating 21C fluff learning that misses both the rigor of standards alignment and the target of personalization. Try it tomorrow and join the 21C PAACC Challenge! Access the LINC template by sharing out your redesigned lesson plan using #blinaction #lincpd.