Short, Explicit, & Robust ... but Recorded
If you've ever heard us talk about mini lessons before you'll recognize these three words as keys to making a mini lesson engaging and effective:
Short: When we were live in the classroom short meant 10-12 minutes, but with our micro lessons we are aiming for 5-6 minutes of a recorded video.
Explicit: This is the I DO portion of any lesson, so it's the time for the teacher to be as clear as possible. Tell the students what you want them to know and understand. Explain for students what that looks like and sounds like. Then model for students with your own thinking.
Robust: Just because the lesson is micro doesn't mean you need to water-down your instruction. In fact, you can be precise and purposeful in the standards you address. Choose to record strategies that have high leverage in your students learning.
The video was created in about 10 minutes with a simple iPhone App called "Clips". Shout out to Jennifer Serravallo and her newest book "Connecting with Readers Online". This app was recommended in a chapter on microlessons and we have found it so very intuitive to learn and use.