We, Sarah and I, had the opportunity to cross something off our bucket list this past Thursday night. We were asked by our retired principal to come and talk about how state standards, benchmarks and indicators flow in lesson planning to a graduate class at Ashland University. After we were done with our presentation, we sat and listened to Phil's opening lecture which connected our lesson with the students' next assignment. As I sat and listened, he reminded me of an important concept that I had forgotten. Always take time to reflect on the lessons that I have taught as well as where I am headed with future lessons. Reflection is crucial in our busy teacher world and for me that is usually the step that I leave out if I am pushed for time.
-Will the students choose to listen instead of read the book? Is that important?
-Will they listen ahead of where where we are in class? Does that matter?
-Will I save class time and have the students read/listen at home so we can spend class time on the focused lesson? This is my goal and why I decided to purchase the $9.95 book. For those of you who have been reading my blog-you know that was a huge decision to spend that much money.
What do you think? Have you ever used books on tape or audiobooks for a whole class book novel?
Let me know your thoughts?