Preparing for a Discovery Time Session
Teachers find it helpful to think about the following when preparing for a Discovery Time session…
Preparing for a session
Observation – knowledge of your class
- What have you noticed your students need help with?
- Look at the break down of Key Competencies on the planning sheet to help you.
- Choose something small and very specific – sharing, tidying up, persisting…
- This is your key competency focus for the session
Key Competency focus
- How will you introduce the skill you have chosen to your students?
- Maybe refer back to something you noticed during the last Discovery Time session or something that happened during the week.
- Maybe do a Y chart – what it looks like, sounds like, feels like
- Maybe role play a situation
- How can you link to other things that are happening in your class, school, community or global context?
- Have you included a wide range of activities?
- Are there opportunities for students to direct their own learning
- Are there opportunities for creativity and innovation?
Meeting individual needs
- Which specific students do you need to plan for?
- Which students do you need to observe more closely
- Do you need to book or collect any specific equipment?
- Have you thought about how you will structure this time?
- It should be short and sharp. A brief show case of what people have done.
- Have you linked this to your key competency focus?
- Students will be giving examples of how they met the key competency focus.
See the book and FAQ Page for more details.
Use the planning sheet to guide your thinking (the CD in the back of the book has a planning template with writeable fields for you to save to your computer)