Competency 8: “To integrate information and communications technologies (ICT) in the preparation and delivery of teaching/learning activities and for instructional management and professional development purposes”
In my Equity & Education class, we were tasked with crafting a Lesson Plan for a future class based on our program major, which in my case is Secondary English. Through a cooperative effort with my peers: Erin, Joe, and Emma, we designed a Grade 11 lesson whose theme included the concept of Equity. Of the 12 Competencies, the one this project focused on most was Competency 8: “To integrate information and communications technologies (ICT) in the preparation and delivery of teaching/learning activities and for instructional management and professional development purposes” (p.97).
The Lesson Plan included a short story that was to be given blindly to the students. A discussion would follow, where students would identify the concept of equity before actually hearing its definition. Next, students would be assigned to create either a short story, video, powerpoint or other creative content so long as it dealt with a problem and solution regarding equity. The goal of all this was to have students identify the difference between treating someone equally and treating someone fairly.
In regards to competencies, the Lesson Plan’s assignment dealt with English Subject Area Competencies 2 & 3. Competency 2 deals with “writing expressive, narrative-based texts” while Competency 3 covers the ability for one to “represent his/her literacy in different media”.
In addition, this was also the first instance where I had the opportunity to work with colleagues of the same field and collaborate on an effective plan for future students. With the use of Google Slides, my peers and I were able to collaborate in real-time while not necessarily being present in the same room. The fact that this technology is accessible made the project much more convenient, especially when considering the schedule of a McGill student.
This task of crafting a Lesson Plan not only informed me on how to design lessons in my future career, but to also communicate and cooperate with my fellow peers. Not only working together, but working effectively. These people may someday become my coworkers in the field when we become in-service teachers.
You may view the lesson plan here.