Making quick mental calculations can at times be an awkward maneuver, but it’s far better to readjust in response to the natural pulse of a class than to forge ahead, blind to the individual needs in the room. Christina “V” Villarreal is carefully attuned to these immediate needs and exercises plasticity with her lesson plans to accommodate them. In this video, she uses the guiding questions outlined in her syllabus to prioritize class time and focus spontaneous discussion.
- Craft lesson plans but be flexible with them
- Develop clear and visible guiding questions for each class and use these as road maps to keep even the most organic conversations grounded and relevant
- Use your syllabus to maximize class time and temper the natural rhythm of the class
- Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning recommends “Four Questions to Pose to Your Syllabus”
- In “Teaching by the Case Method: Timing,” Harvard Business School professors reflect on how they create flexible plans and adjust timing on the fly
- In another Instructional Moves video, Brett Flehinger shares why he allows student contributions to shape the path a class takes and how he makes strategic adjustments on the fly