Streamlined Lesson Planning for Learner Engagement

by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda

ASCD Educational Leadership – December 2021 issue 

Unit and lesson plans should speak directly to students and families, not just to administrators.

In design parlance, streamlining means to modernize and simplify: to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and visual appeal. Streamlining is not just paring back; it is making a process or product better. The pandemic cast a glaring spotlight on an education problem that has existed for years: Curriculum and lesson plans desperately need streamlining, both in terms of content and format. We can no longer be driven by a relentless instructional pace that values coverage over learner engagement.

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