In this post we are going to take a traditional lesson plan and ‘tweak it’ to convert it into a Tech Integration Lesson Plan. As we discussed, you need an appropriate plan and SMART goals to have a successful and meaningful lesson using technology. You do not need to write new lesson plans, you can tweak your original ones. That is what we are going to do here!
Creating your Tech Integration Lesson Plan
I found this excellent lesson plan on Spanish commands, by the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning. Which is the one I will be using for this example.
This Lesson plan already has separate and distinct activities with their intended purpose. It also clearly outlines which will be the introductory activity, which the follow up activities and which the concluding activity.
So, what we need now, is to define a SMART general objective and SMART objectives for every activity. Let’s start with the general objective of this lesson.
- General objective – “To learn how to address commands in Spanish”. As a teacher, I probably know what this means to me. But, will students understand what this means? Remember, write goals and objectives for the students, not for yourself.
A SMART objective for this lesson could be this: By the end of this 50 minute lesson, you will be able to use Spanish commands to tell people to do something (like an order).
- Objectives for each of the follow up activities – these objectives are not outlined in the lesson plan yet. So let’s create them. Remember to evaluate each activity while you are doing this. Figure out if it is an activity worth keeping and if it ads value and coherent flow to the lesson.
Pre-Activity SMART objective – at the end of this activity you will have understood what is meant by “commands”.
Since we are also analyzing each activity to see if it is appropriate, meaningful and it fully let’s students achieve the objective, I would ad to this pre activity a short brainstorm to share their sentences and conclude what makes each a command and what not.
Activity 1 SMART objective – at the end of this activity you will have identified which people (pronouns) it makes sense to use commands with, as commands are only used with some pronouns. You will also understand why.
Activity 2 SMART objective – at the end of this activity you should understand how to modify a regular verb to give a command to “tú” (informal singular you).
Activity 3 SMART objective – at the end of this activity you should understand how to modify a regular verb to give a command to “usted” (formal singular you).
Activity 4 SMART objective – at the end of this activity you should understand how to modify a regular verb to give a command to a group of people that does not include yourself, “ustedes”.
- Objective for the concluding activity – don’t forget this concluding activity is not the submission of work, but an activity that let’s you and each student identify what they have learned and demonstrate their learning.
Let’s take a look at the original concluding activity and analyze it first.
I say this concluding activity does the trick! However, I personally prefer to carry these activities out the same day the lesson plan ends. Therefore, I would have students do this the same day. How? Remember we talked about “exit slips/tickets for assessing learning“?
I would also have them use a ‘learning for assessment code’ in all concluding activities. Something simple to enable students to let you know when they have “got” the concept, or when they are “struggling” with it. I love this “Got it, struggling, stuck” idea of assessing learning shared in the Love, Teach, Inspire blog.
Now, returning to the SMART objective for the concluding activity – I would say it could be: at the end of this concluding activity, you will find out if you have understood commands and how to use them. (Be sure to include the ‘learning code’ in your slip).
All right, this is the final version of the tweaked activity chart. Notice we have not decided about tools yet, this comes in the next step.
Here is the editable, downloadable Activity Scope Chart that you see above (click on ‘file’ – ‘download as’ to save to your computer), to start creating your tech integration lesson plans.
Need a lesson plan that you perhaps have not created yet? Look through this collection of Free Spanish Lesson Plans.
Get ready then, to learn how to select the tech tool/s for a lesson plan in the next post.