If your students are not ready to learn, even the most well-intended lessons will not yield learning. Knowing what learning indicators you want to identify is vital to the success of your instruction.
Create a checklist of indicators that you will use to determine that your students are ready to learn a topic within your field of licensure. Your checklist should have at least five indicators, at least one of which should relate to the student’s motivation to or interest in the topic.
Be specific! Do not simply write or think, “They have prior knowledge.” Instead, if you are teaching learners how to ride a two-wheeled bike, you might list, “They have prior knowledge of what a two-wheeled bike is. They understand the vocabulary of seat, handlebars, pedals, and wheels.” For each indicator on your checklist, identify one thing you could do to help a learner who was not ready become more ready to learn.