In UnboundEd’s ongoing research and collaborative work in schools, we’ve noticed a trend in how adept teachers prepare to teach with aligned materials. In both mathematics and ELA, strong teachers begin their planning by prioritizing a single, clear goal for the lesson, as well as identifying the elements in the lesson that build toward this learning goal. This added clarity and focus, prepares teachers to prioritize and support the most important learning.
The UnboundEd Planning Process uses a three read process. Each read focuses on analyzing different elements of the lesson. Through these three reads, teachers develop a deep understanding of the lesson—shifting their focus from “activities” and “doing” to “teaching” and “learning.”