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Student Input into Planning Lessons

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Teachers are often fearful of giving up control of the class, not meeting curriculum demands, or even seeming unprepared when they include students in on planning. However, there are great ways to plan well while asking for student input. One of the best ways is to list on the board several plans of approach we could take for one day's lesson, for a week, or for a unit.

For example, I might say we are going to discuss an assigned reading, but we can have that discussion as a whole class or in small groups. You can give students a choice of continuing in a group they've already worked with or forming new groups. They can choose between partners (groups of two) or larger groups.

Students can also help decide the order of a lesson: 'Here's what we're going to do today (or this week or in this unit. Which of these should we do first? Making choices together is a great way for classes to learn the process of consensus building, too.


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