This book provides teachers with a four-phase lesson planning framework and numerous teaching strategies to build higher-level thinking skills and increase student learning in extended class periods.

Enlighten the Learner

Enlighten the learner

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

Mark VanDoren

The Second Phase: Enlightenment

The second phase of an effective lesson plan for learning in the block, Enlighten the Learner, lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes and is grounded in the facets of a brain-compatible classroom as outlined by Williams and Dunn (2008) and discussed in Chapter 2, specifically facets 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. The purpose of this phase is to focus on what the teacher can do to inform students so they can collect the information necessary to allow them proceed to the third phase of the block schedule lesson plan, where they will analyze, synthesize, categorize, and thus process that information. Therefore, in this, the second ...

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