In their new book, The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind, Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher explain the steps to ensuring that every lesson plan has high expectations and a clear purpose for learning so that students are engaged and goals are meaningful.
Lesson Planning for Engagement
International teacher educator Fiona Baker offers tips to help teachers engage students by answering crucial questions about the "what" and "why" of a lesson's content and its connection to learners.
What Drives Instruction?
To start off a lesson, a dry list of objectives may be informative but it is not as compelling as a driving question that appeals to students' interests, curiosity, and sense of adventure in learning.