Here is a simple protocol we can use after we’ve taught a conceptual lesson to reflect on how it went:

  1. What was the conceptual relationship (intended goal of the lesson)?
  2. How well did the questions and activities help students to discover that relationship? Why or How?
  3. How can the statement of conceptual relationship (generalization or principle), questions and activities be enhanced to facilitate discovery and refinement of understanding?
  4. How did student understanding improve over the course of the lesson?
  5. How did I provide opportunities for students to reflect on their understanding and how their thinking improved?
  6. Did I provide an opportunity for students to transfer their understanding to an unfamiliar situation?