Student and staff versions
The 'Big Picture' lesson plan has a student version and a teacher version. Both versions share the same title page as illustrated. An A4 page is filled with a large Smartart graphic like the circles diagram. You may select other SmartArt graphics as wished. The lesson topic is placed into the centre circle and the key questions, in place of objectives, are placed in the outer circles. When writing your key questions ensure that you reflect the learning hierarchy and move from lower order to higher order questions or pass level to distinction level etc. Smartart, on your computer task bar, offers a wide range of graphics in different shapes and bright primary colours that may be adopted and all can be cut and pasted into Powerpoint slides or an A4 handout with ease. The title page is completed with the lesson details across the top of the page and below the diagram there is space to capture prior knowledge or recap from a previous lesson. This represents very good practice because it provides an immediate prompt to differentiation. Which students have studied this topic before and how will you stretch and challenge? Which students are entirely new to the topic and may need more support?
Student self assessment table
On the reverse of this A4 title page print the self-assessment table for the student version. The self-assessment table should be completed at the end of the lesson or a set of lessons and used to prompt a review dialogue in terms of understanding and learning confidence. The completed tables may also be looked at by Personal Tutors and Learning Assistants as well as the teacher to review and set personal learning targets with considerations of 'stretch and challenge' for the more able and targeted support for those finding difficulty. This is a highly significant step in terms of the psychology of learning because once students or pupils gain a self-awareness of their own progress they will be more likely to take action steps to overcome their learning difficulties. Essentially it is all about encouraging effort and actions to improve as a challenge to a 'fixed mindset' and to promote metacognition.