Lesson Plan Analysis
Superficially, lesson planning appears a simple task for many as they perceive lesson planning as determining what a class will do during the day/classroom period. However, for educators, lesson planning plays a significant role in students’ success and attainment of pedagogical objectives (Ko et al., 2017). This paper provides an analysis of the “In the “Business of Leading”: Exploring Entrepreneurial Character in Manufacturing” lesson plan (Flick, 2014). The analysis is founded on the inclusion of educational innovations and instructional strategies, including other studies.
Lesson plan link: https://pdesas.org/ContentWeb/Content/Content/27817/Lesson Plan.
The lesson plan has employed the WHERETO framework of designing a lesson plan (Wiggins et al., 2005). In the context of such a framework, the lesson plan uses the four instructional strategies in teaching: direct instruction, experiential learning, interactive instruction, and independent study (Educators Technology, 2015). For instance, in the introduction/activation strategy, students are assigned a task to create a “word splash,” where they are required to list as many terms as possible that relate to successful entrepreneurs for three minutes (Flick, 2014). At the end of the three minutes, the students are asked to share their collections/words list, creating a large class word splash on the board/large chart paper (Flick, 2014). Using the created word splash, the students are encouraged to identify which terms comprise the actual character traits of successful entrepreneurs (Flick, 2014). They can add extra information where key terms were omitted. The teacher allows the collection of traits to be displayed throughout the lesson (Flick, 2014). The activity comprises a direct instruction strategy as the teacher offers direct instructions to the students on activity completion. It also includes experiential learning as it involves the engagement in group activity and an open-ended question for the students to complete. The activity also involves interactive instruction as the teacher communicates with the students who at the same time offer feedback. Finally, it includes independent study as the students individually engage in the activation activity.