· Did I have all the necessary materials and information?
· Did I introduce the topic so that the students wanted to hear more?
· Did I explain the instructions to the assignment so that the students with different learning styles understood what to do?
· Did the students stay engaged during the lesson?
· Did the students complete the assignment with success?
· Were students able to tell in their own words what they had learned and why they needed to learn it?
· Did the students ask questions that led to further inquiry? Did they want to learn more?
· Did the students offer other topics related to this that they would like to learn about?
Now I wonder if I ask the students to tell me what makes a good lesson in their eyes, what their checklist would look like. Would it not be the same kind of list we make, as teachers, when we attend presentations? When I attend presentations, this is what I would like:
· I want the topic to be interesting.
· I want the presenter to be confident and know the material being presented.
· I want the presenter to be organized and not scattered which automatically puts me off.
· I want to be involved, which for me, means more than just lecturing.
· I want to be encouraged to ask questions and if the presenter doesn’t know the answer, that he/she admits to not knowing.
· I want what I’m learning to be relevant to what I am doing in my life at this time.
· I want to be motivated to learn more.
· I want to have something at the end that I can take with me and use (not necessarily something tangible, but even some kind of knowledge)
What would be on your list for a successful lesson? Do you agree or disagree with my list? Please let me know.
photo credit: Original image: 'Introduction to monstering' http://www.flickr.com/photos/76074333@N00/318034222