Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Castle in the Classroom
I have really enjoyed the continued reading in Castle over the past few weeks. I really have loved the way that lesson plans are done in this book. The author shows that she plans units out far in advance. The thing that I really like is that there is room for flexibility. As we have all experienced, making lesson plans does not mean that the children will actually follow them to the "T." This also does not mean that a lesson will last as long as we may have been originally hoping for it to last. I have persoanlly experienced this with some of our assessment windows. I have tried to make the actvity very engaging for the child that I am working with, but sometimes he will become disinterested before I had planned. When this happens, I have tried to move to another activty and then maybe try and come back to this later on. I think that it is good to follow the lead of the child in this case. We want to make sure that children are not becoming bored wit what we have planned and then force them to continue!