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Thursday, October 27 • 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Collaborative Lesson Planning

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How can teachers collaboratively plan lessons to deliver better classes while leaving resources for others to build upon?


Collaborative Lesson Planning, or CLP,  is a method for teachers to collaboratively plan lessons. This can be accomplished within the confines of one school and online. The internet has more potential and is currently underutilized. The cycle is 1) teacher puts their lesson plan online; 2) teacher delivers lesson; 3) teacher reviews lesson (via AAR http://www.army.mil/features/FM7/FM%207-0.pdf p. 98) and publishes the review online; 4) teacher gets feedback, then incorporates into a revised version of the plan and goes back to step 1.
Over time the quality of their own lessons will likely improve and an Open Educational Resource (OER) online that other instructors can use and improve will be built. Eventually that OER should have many plans for the same textbook chapter/topic modifiable for classes with differing numbers of students or abilities.
My research in CLP started when I was a new English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Japan. I searched online for lesson plans and other resources I could use for my classes but was frequently frustrated by what I found, or, more importantly, did not find. I then made my own lesson (e.g. months of the year), which EFL teachers have taught before. I was re-inventing the wheel.
I feel this was a waste of my time. As Eric S. Raymond writes in "How to Become a Hacker", "No problem should ever have to be solved twice." My time would have been better spent tweaking a proven effective lesson plan for my own students. Then I could have fed my work back into the cycle helping EFL teachers around the globe.
I do not want other new teachers to repeat my experience. To that end I published virtually all of my lessons from China on Wikiversity (http://is.gd/kV2gMP) and am collaborating with other users to improve them. I edited a book edition of them published in early 2011 by PediaPress (http://is.gd/CrQyYp). Additionally I have co-organized two courses on CLP at The Peer 2 Peer University with Dr. Marjorie King and am currently co-organizing a study group there. That is the center for the online discussion about the subject.
At this presentation I hope to share findings about effective ways to implement CLP. I will illuminate best practices and share stories from my work in the field. Then I will outline a simple "how to" for others implementing CLP. Finally I will share the future possibilities and next year's goals for CLP.



Thursday October 27, 2011 1:45pm - 2:15pm MDT
Painted Horse

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