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182: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing
8th April 2019 • Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast • Gretchen Bridgers | Education Podcast Network
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It is easy this day in age to get distracted. Teachers can easily fall down a rabbit hole full of shiny, sparkly classroom implementations that don’t always lead to student learning or teacher effectiveness. Tune in to hear what the “main thing” is when it comes to teaching and tips to hone your craft in the areas of lesson design and execution.


  • Cutesy classroom décor.. is the icing on the cake, but it’s not the ingredients to make a cake, let alone a good one.
  • You cannot be great in teaching if you don’t know how or don’t spend time getting better at the main thing.
  • We have to get good at the main thing before we can add the icing.
  • There is no reason to keep writing plans you won’t read or use or that do not help students achieve.
  • Thorough doesn’t mean wordy.
  • When you write your lesson plans just think about putting purpose into that piece of paper
  • We can’t wait until ¾ of the lesson goes by to get students interacting with their new learning

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