Free Resource Friday: 9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons

  1. Focus on teaching and learning strategies without neglecting tight curriculum
  2. Plan collaboratively
  3. Use backwards planning: design assessments and then content
  4. Make objectives comprehensible for students
  5. Create material that can be accessed on smartphones
  6. Build in think time for students before asking them to orally respond
  7. When possible, allow students to choose whom to work with, the content, the due dates, where to work, and how they complete a task
  8. Plan four or more weeks ahead, incorporating spiral curriculum and flex time
  9. In your plans, allow time for students to engage in productive struggle

 

Link to Reproducible: http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/blogs/edutopia-finley-9ways-plan-transformational-lessons.pdf

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One-Day San Francisco Blitz

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Cable Car Crossing: Only in San Francisco.

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San Francisco’s Cable Cars are still rerouted the way they always have been: using a wooden turnaround.

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Coit Tower is an excellent viewpoint to admire the Bay Area, although not on foggy days.

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Climbing up to Coit Tower. (Taken on the iPhone 6)

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That is a pretty steep incline. Make sure you park your car at a 90 degree angle and pull the E-Brake!

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The murals inside Coit Tower were painted in 1934 by a group of artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project and depict life in California during the Depression.

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San Francisco’s Ferry Terminal with the Bay Bridge in the background.

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3/4 of the Transamerica Pyramid.

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Looking down the steep incline of California Street. Note both the Cable Car and the Bay Bridge in the distance.

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The Filbert Steps lead from Coit Tower down to Levi’s Plaza. The wooden step have survived the elements for decades to remain one of the steepest walkways in the Western Hemisphere.

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A look back at the Filbert Steps with Coit Tower in the background.

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Sea Lion colony at Pier 39.

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Sun bathing in the fog.

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Alcatraz Island. Home to the infamous federal prison that once housed the likes of George “Machine Gun” Kelly and James “Whitey” Bulger.

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“The Rock.” I would not want to swim that 1.5 mile stretch of water! (Taken on the iPhone 6)

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San Francisco’s famous F Line.

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Boudin’s famous San Francisco sourdough!

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The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco’s Marina district. Initially built for the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, the palace has undergone extensive renovation projects since it’s original construction. (Ignore posing Parisian family in the foreground)

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Palace of Fine Arts.

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More Fine Art.

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Even more Fine Art. These structures were enormous!

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5/6 of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge walkway.

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The Bay’s sea fog on full display!

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Classic tourist picture.

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I knocked. Nobody was home.

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The top was just barely visible!

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Looking back at a fog covered San Francisco.

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The Bay Bridge barely visible in the distance.

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That is a pretty large piece of cable.

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Yet another classic tourist picture. (Taken on the iPhone 6)

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The de Young Museum’s observation tower provided good views of the surround area and downtown San Francisco. And the admission was free!

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Looking north from the de Young observation tower.

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Looking southwest.

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A look at the “greenest museum on earth,” the California Academy of Sciences.

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San Francisco City Hall.

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City Hall.

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A look inside City Hall.

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Looking up, into City Hall’s dome.

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AT&T Park’s main gate. Home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

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One of the greatest to ever play the game: Willie Mays.

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All-Time Home Run Record plaque near McCovey Cove. Slightly awkward.

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California Street Cable Car.

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Heading up California Street.

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Riding the rail on the Cable Car.

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Chinatown. San Francisco.

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Street Art. One of the many murals portraying Chinatown’s history.

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Even though we spent less than a day in San Francisco, it was a successful trip!