One thing I learned from Shades of Meaning, (Donna we can’t wait to meet you!) is that before starting a unit, you need to think of patterns of confusion. I like to call these pitfalls. Each of these pitfalls become their own mini lesson.
But, something I cannot suggest enough are what I call flex lessons. These lessons show up in two ways:
1. If the class shows lack of understanding at 20% or more (either 20% or more didn’t get it OR they didn’t get it like 20% :-)) then re-teach it. That then becomes a flex lesson.. meaning you are off unit.
2. Reteaching something from way back in the day particularly fix it strategies.
When we unit plan, we always save 25% of our days for flex. This way, we don’t stress ourselves out by being behind and it pushes us to flex it!