In a matter of minutes, AI tools can provide educators with draft lesson plans for student-centered learning experiences. 

Example AI Prompts

-Explain who you are.
-Describe what output you want.
-Include details about the students you teach.

>I am a 9th grade English teacher in [your town/city] and I want to engage my students in understanding the craft of storytelling by having them write graphic novels. I will have 4 weeks to engage my students in this project. They don’t like to read. And they don’t like to write. But I am hoping if I give them a selection of graphic novels to review and we can talk about what makes a good story in talking about the elements that made the graphic novels they liked compelling, they will develop ideas for what makes a good story and then use those ideas to make their own graphic novel, creating whatever story they would like to create.

-Follow up with prompts that produce the output in a format you can use.
-This is fun! Include a prompt to map the output to standards.

>Give me the plan in a table of day-to-day activities, with the activity of the day in the lefthand column, the goals of the activity in the middle column, and the 9th grade ELA common core standards that the students would be addressing in the right hand column.

-Review the output and follow up with prompts that refine the results.

>Include in the plan my students reaching out to the authors of the graphic novels and asking if they can interview them.

-Continue adding prompts to iterate the original output provided by adding more context, asking for changes, and asking for more granular planning for specific activities.

Try It

Choose a lesson that you want to make more student-centered. Prompt the AI-tool of your choice to help you redesign the lesson, using the example above as a guide.

This toolkit was developed in partnership with Chris Unger, who retains the copyright to the intellectual content provided here.

Photo at top courtesy of Northern Cass School District.