Whenever I hear someone use the phrase ‘deliver a lesson’, I cringe. Lessons are not things to be delivered to students! When we use this language it implies that the construction of the lesson is independent from the immediate experiences of the children for whom the lesson is intended, and that the students have no input into the lesson itself.

Contrast this to a lesson designed with actual children in mind, who bring their own experiences to each day. When I start my lesson, I may have in my mind a direction I would like it to go, but this direction is likely to change depending on my interactions with my students. As a result, I do not so much design full lessons so much as experiences I want my students to have, and then have resources available so that if I see a need for the day to go in a particular direction, I have the resources available to take us there.

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