Tips for Teaching a Lab Class Lesson
The goal of our lab class is to teach skills that will be essential for integrating technology
into general classroom subject matter.
Teaching lab class does not require a person with a degree in computers, a
computer endorsement, or even require someone that is "into" computers. The
following are just general tips for using our scope and sequence. They aren't much
different from the usage guide included within the TechWorks kits available in the learning center. I've only
modified them slightly to put more of an emphasis on the checklists than the
Before teaching the lesson:
* Look at the checklists and determine which items you are planning to work
on with your class.
* Locate TechWorks sample lessons or teacher support materials that go
with those checklist items.
* Read through the sample lessons and support material. Decide if you
intend to use the lesson as is, if you will modify it, or if you plan to
make a new lesson from scratch
* Once you have decided upon a lesson you should work through that lesson on
your own. If you have difficulty working through the entire lesson (whether
it is a sample lesson, a modified sample lesson, or one you have designed
from scratch) help is available from a variety of sources. The TechWorks
support material will help clarify the sample lessons. Help guides built
into the program you use and the web site of the program's publisher are
often good places to seek help with specific program questions. I am
available to assist with this sort of thing and you may find that other
teachers at your grade level who have used the same software and/or lesson
will provide assistance too.
At the time of the lesson/project:
* State the objective of the lesson to the class.
* If possible show a completed version of the lesson/project to the class.
* Tell the students how much time will be devoted to the lesson/project (1
day, several weeks, etc.).
* Demonstrate to the students all of the steps required to work through the
* Check for questions.
* If possible have step by step instructions on paper, on the white board,
or in a highly visible location for students to refer to while they work on
* Circulate, observe, provide assistance.
At the end of the lesson/project:
* Check for understanding. This can be as simple as looking at completed
independent practice items or group work, but can also include a
question/answer check or written quiz.
* Summarize the lesson and restate the intended goal.
* Check the appropriate skills off on the skills checklists.