Planning for understanding

Over the last few years there’s been a strong focus on teaching for understanding. 

We go to workshops, we make nice noises, then we go back home and the ideas quickly get lost in the demands of school. 

One of the problems comes planning.

Schools are forever planning. Carving out units of time into  years, weeks, days and even minutes. 

Deciding what units to do, content to cover. It all has a hierarchy.

But do plans sometimes become a rod for our own back?

By over planning we don’t open ourselves up to other possibilities.

We don’t exercise judgement to extend some units and wrap others up more quickly when as student interest wanes. 

We forget the why of what we teach.

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