With a completed booklet (either from a previous year, or just done for an upcoming unit), I will set aside two copies for myself. The first is used in planning the lessons.
- I can see any mistakes that might have managed to slip past me (the occasional copy and paste for a your turn where I forgot to change something);
- I get a clearer idea of the progression through the skill, and what students will be thinking about at each stage;
- When the lesson comes around, I have everything worked out already, so do not have to 'live perform' reducing my cognitive load to focus on other things in class.
- Show a diagnostic question here;
- More details of explanations;
- Breaking down the steps for a worked example to make it clear to me in lesson what to do.
When the lesson comes around, I am well prepared to get going. I now teach using a visualiser/document camera, and make use of the second booklet that I put aside.
After the unit is complete, I scan the 'live' copy of the booklet (the one I worked on under the visualiser) and upload it to the class website. This acts as an aid to those who missed any lessons as they can see some bits of notes and also all the examples. This is the reason I don't write the your turns in this booklet, so that students can download a new copy to do the your turns again if they wish, whilst having the examples.