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The Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan

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Beryl K

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by Beryl Kelley Madeline Hunter Lesson Plans The Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan is a set of guidelines that can be applied to teaching in any classroom. Her approach is teacher-directed, but takes into consideration the interests and abilities of the students in the classroom as well. It is not meant to be taken a stringent set of rules, rather as guiding principles to inform effective teaching. What is the Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan? How are you going to teach your lesson?

Are children going to work together in groups or independently?
Are you using sensory tables or is it going to be discussion-based?

Decide what method or methods of instruction suit your students and your learning objectives best.
Instructional Input Before moving forward, make sure that there is a baseline of understanding that can be built upon.

You can ask the students directly as well as taking visual and social cues from students to determine if they have understood what has been presented to them.
Find out if there is a part that students get stuck on, and go back to this and rework it.

The goal ultimately is to achieve understanding rather than plow through a set of objectives as quickly as possible.
Check for Understanding Objectives and Standards

Anticipatory Set

Instructional Input


Check for Understanding

Practice, Practice, Practice

Now, you need a ‘hook’, or Anticipatory Set.

Similar to “Bell Work,” this is a mini-lesson that does not necessarily have anything to do with the learning objectives of the lesson, but something that is a good segue to the topic and that will attract interest, based on what you already know about your students. Anticipatory Set How are you going to demonstrate the skill that you are trying to teach?
Think about the best way to model and scaffold children’s learning so that they will be able to understand.

Maybe a finished-product example isn’t appropriate, but in all cases you should be able to model the process that will get them there. Modeling Have the students practice what they have learned under direct teacher supervision, and help them along in places where they may be confused and need your assistance.
Scaffolding is extremely important to student success for young children. Practice! Have an objective.
Do you want students to be able to describe the weather?
Do you want them to be able to identify complex shapes?

Whatever your objectives are in the lesson are, you will need to have a clear idea of what they are. This is where you’ll want to tie in the standards that children will be achieving in their learning. First… Now that you are sure that the students can confidently perform their new skill or competency, give them an opportunity to use it on their own.
If you’ve been teaching children how to make a chart that keeps track of something over a period of time, you could have them make their own chart about whatever they want: the weather, what days they get an apple in their lunch, and so on. PRACTICE MORE Kelly, K., & Kelly, P. (1997). Barbara kingsolver's the bean trees: A new classroom classic. (86 ed., Vol. 8, pp. 16-17). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

(1985). Educational leadership. What's wrong with Madeline Hunter, Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_198502_hunter.pdf

http://www.onetohio.org/library/Documents/Dr%20Madeline%20Hunter%20Article1.pdf 1916-1994 Madeline Hunter was an American Educator during the 1960’s through the early 1990’s, though her lesson plan model did not become popular until the ‘80s. She obtained her pre-medical/psychology degree at a young age at UCLA. Who is Madeline Hunter? Wait!
It’s important to refrain from this last step until you are sure that it is something that the children can do.
The independent project should be something that reinforces learning and is enjoyable.
If it is too far out of their range or abilities, children may get overly frustrated and have negative associations with the material. You can’t make a formula for effective teaching, Beryl.
What are you talking about? The Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan is not meant to be taken as a hard-and-fast recipe for greatness.
Sometimes one or more of the steps won’t be necessary, and that’s fine.
It’s a model. The important aspects of the Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan are that you incorporate knowledge that the students already have, and scaffold their learning until they can go on without assistance. Overview Sources:
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