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3 Steps to Lesson Plan for Your Homeschool

By Lily Iatridis  January 15, 2016

_EMAIL geography lesson Now that you’ve reviewed what’s worked well in the past and set new learning goals for your kids, how do you know when you’ve reached those goals?

How do you measure learning?

Do you give your kids a standardized test?

Standardized tests can be a good measure of learning, but sometimes the only thing they really tell you is if a kid is a good standardized test taker.

The only way to know that your kids have reached their learning goals is to set up clear and measurable assessments of how well they’ve learned — BEFORE you start teaching a single lesson!

Here’s what to do, and be sure to put it all down on paper:

1) State your learning goal. Write down what your kids will know at the end of a lesson or unit.

2) Now, think through what that will look like. Write down what they should be able to do at the end of a lesson or unit.

3) Decide on the assessment you’ll use for a lesson or unit. In other words, decide how kids will demonstrate what they’ve learned. A paper, a project, or a test are all examples.

After you’ve chosen the final assessment, plan the lesson(s) to teach your kids what they need to know to get an A+!

Remember, plan goals and measurements first and lessons second.

If you can plan with this degree of clarity, your teaching will be extremely focused and effective!

And as you do your lessons, don’t forget to journal on how they worked!



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