Lesson Plan

Charter Schools

In this lesson, you will be learning about what charter schools are, how they are formed, how they are expanding, and how US educators view them.

1 Instructor asks students to guess what charter schools are, how they are formed, and the rate at which they are expanding.

Instructor asks students to guess what charter schools are, how they are formed, and the rate at which they are expanding.

 

For my e-tool. I will be using a slide from Google presentations in order to write the question for every student to see.

Student Instructions

Students respond by describing to the instructor what they think charter schools are. It is important for students to use their high schools (public or private) experiences to come up with possible answers.

2 minutes.

2 Instructor names/shows some of the most famous charter schools around.

Instructor names/shows some of the most famous charter schools around. Play slideshow. This slideshow will include charter schools like KIPP, YES!, RocketShip, Harlem Success Academy and my high school, High Tech High. These slides will mostly contain photographs and basic information about each school such as the year they were founded, how many schools they have now, and some of their scores for the state standardized tests.

Student Instructions

Watch for differences in how these schools are built and structured. It is important for students to keep the names in mind because part of the presentation will be a discussion about the expansion of charter schools.

2 minutes.

3 Instructor introduces the the pros and cons about charter schools. Shares personal experience with charter schools.

Teacher shows a pro and con bullet list on charter schools. The pro side will include positive aspects of charter schools from an educator's perspective in addition to students and parents.

Some of the points that will be listed for the pro side include: smaller class sizes, highly qualified teachers, higher test scores, extended school day, funding may be larger, etc.

Some of the pints that will be listed for the con side include: high teacher attrition rate, not every applicant is admitted to the schools, and it is said that some schools may not have as many special education students as regular public schools. 

Student Instructions

Students take note of the pros and cons and start to develop opinions. 

2 minutes.

4 Instructor shows statistics comparing public and charter schools.

Instructor shows students graphs, videos, and general statistics comparing  public schools to charter schools. Some of the statistics will include student test scores, teacher attrition rates, tenured teachers, and how money is distributed!

Student Instructions

Watch, take notes, and reflect on your own high school/general education experience. It is important for students to take note of the statistics because this will heavily influence your decision.

2 minutes.

5 Students share their educational experiences.

Activity: Conversing

Teacher asks students to talk about the kind of high school they attended and their experience there.

 

I will not be using technology for this step since it required students to converse.

Student Instructions

Students reflect about their high school experiences and share with the class.

2 minutes.

6 Students develop an opnion about charter schools.

Activity: Debating

Instructor asks students to choose a pro and con side. After hearing stats and stories, they will be asked to split into the two sides and argue why or why not charter schools should:

Be allowed to expand, have the liberty to instruct as they please, and be seen as the solution to the closing of the achievement/opportunity gap.

The reason why I decided to use Google Slides for my presentation is because Google has a good amount of different presentation themes for its users. Google slides is also free and accessible to anyone. I have been using Google slides for about 95% of my presentation since my freshman year in high school and have become accustomed to its layout.

Student Instructions

Students form opinions and pick the pro or con side. They debate for approximately 5 minutes.