Activity #3 - Sample Lesson Plan

Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., is an online adjunct faculty for many colleges across the country. Her blog, User Generated Education, is dedicated to 21st Century Learning Skills, technology integration, and more specifically, the Flipped Classroom Model.

Directions: Pair/Share 45 minutes
Review the following lesson plan on your own by clicking on the link in the next paragraph. When finished, work with a partner to answer the discussion questions.

View Jackie's example lesson plan on Interpersonal Communications: Listening Skills. Here, she uses the flipped learning model and shows from beginning to end how she integrated the technology, reached the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and created a very rich and meaningful experience for her students.

Discussion: Using the following questions, discuss with a colleague the following:

1. The Lighthouse Activity is what the author calls "Experiential Engagement" which is similar to an activating strategy. How do you define and promote meaningful learning engagement in your classroom? Experiential learning is loosely defined as authentic, hands-on, multi-sensory learning. Expand on this to include how you would define it in the context of your learners, educational setting, and content area. What are some general strategies you can use to facilitate experiential learning within your learning environment?

2. Digital media content is what Dr. Gerstein describes as the "Conceptual Connection" or "The What". Learners are exposed to and learn concepts touched upon during Experiential Engagement. Her students are asked to watch a slideshare on Mindful Listening. What are the characteristics or qualities that define a good video/media lecture?”

3. Reflection of the media is the "Meaning Making: The So What" aspect during the lesson. Learners reflect on their understanding of what was discovered during the previous phases. It is a phase of deep reflection on what was experienced during the first phase and what was learned via the experts during the second phase. Learners can articulate and construct their understanding of the content or topic being covered through written blogs or verbal-based audio or video recordings. This is a critical part of the lesson in that learning is synthesized, but some have trouble doing so. In this technology-enhanced portion of the lesson, students made a mind map of the 10 listening skills they need to develop.
Discuss the following questions in a way that makes sense to you.
  • What does it mean for you to be accountable? How do you demonstrate your own accountability in your educational setting? To your students? To your colleagues? To your institution? To your profession?
  • What do you do to encourage students to be accountable for their own learning?
  • How do you assess student learning?
  • How to do assist your learners in identifying and acknowledging their own learning and progress?
  • What technology-enhanced tools could you use for your students?

4. Creating and demonstrating is where students make the most out of a learning experience. It also shows to you what they learned (creative assessment). In this final portion of the lesson, Dr. Gerstein used a two-part approach to give students the opportunity to show what they have learned. What's important to note is the collaboration piece - where students practice with one another and gain feedback. What techniques do you use/can you use to assist students in transferring what they learned in your class to apply to other settings? Discuss at least two.

(Source: Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. User Generated Education website)
How are Gagne's 9 Events of Instruction incorporated into these 4 parts of Dr. Gerstein's example lesson?