One way to make sure that the most important work is done or that the most important objective is addressed is to keep things simple.
By simple, I am not referring to easy. I am referring to a simple as finding your core objective.
No lesson plan survives contact with students. Therefore, keeping your core objective simple and being able to articulate how you will address that objective is powerful.
Finish these statements:
"If we do nothing else during tomorrow's class, we must ..."While I have been a long time believer in the power of the "simple" thinking described above, I have struggled to articulate this concept clearly - until recently.
"The single, most important thing we must do tomorrow is..."
The ideas above (such as the two statements) are part of the early chapters in Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.