Reflection: Rigor Introduction to the Bridge Map - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge and Preparation


     I have grown a great deal this year and my teaching practices have improved tremendously. I did this lesson at the beginning of the year and I can honestly say that I had high expectations for my students when we did this lesson.  However, my coach with the Master Teacher Project helped me to see that I could demand more of my students  and they really could handle it.

     When I originally taught this lesson, I really didn't have an independent practice section for my students.  Some time has passed between the time I've written and edited this lesson. As I look back I say to myself "Why didn't I have them do some independent work?" I know the whole purpose of the lesson is just to learn how to use the map.  But what better way to help them solidify their understanding and help me assess whether they can use the map than by giving them a map to complete for independent work?  Now that I've lived through a whole year of students surprising me at every turn with how much they can handle and achieve, I have no doubt they can handle the independent work in this lesson.

     This lesson as you're viewing it has been revised to include more of a guided practice section where the teacher and students can work together, seeing analogies and using the map to record those analogies.  Then I have added time when the students will go back to their seats with a map of their own and complete an analogy of their own using objects and colors.  I have no doubt that my students will be able to handle it and I will teach this lesson this way next year.

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Introduction to the Bridge Map

Unit 9: Introducing Thinking Maps
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT write and state analogies using a Bridge Map.

Big Idea: Seeing analogies requires critical thinking. In this lesson students discuss what a Bridge Map is used for and we take an easy concept to help the students learn how to use the map.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, Thinking Maps, Bridge Map, Anaolgies
  38 minutes
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