The Mental Image Approach

December 27, 2011


The Mental Image Approach

I have done it before.  I hate to say it but I have.  I have carefully put together and presented a lesson only to then realize that the subject matter wasn’t worth learning.  Peter Drucker points out my folly when he says, “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

My wife teaches High School English.  I have learned quite a bit about lesson planning from watching her.  She’s amazing on every level (in my unbiased opinion) but one thing that she does especially well is planning.  She is very intentional about the direction that she moves with a class.

With each new class she will start by asking herself where she wants her students to be at the end of the year or the end of the semester.  In what ways does she want them to have grown?  What concepts should they have mastered 9 months from now?  What are the big issues they will face?  What challenges will stand in their way?  How will she help them overcome these challenges?

After formulating answers to these questions, she will then start to put the plans in place to help move the students towards these goals.

It’s called the mental image approach and I’m growing to love it (and hopefully master it, as I’ve got a great teacher).

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Passionate about Family, Health, Fitness, Nutrition and Multimedia - Teaching Video and Broadcasting and Del Oro High School in Loomis, CA

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