Lesson Planning With Chat GPT Large Language models (LLMs)

There is understandably a level of apprehension around the sudden arrival of AI and Large Language Models like ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude in the education space. The various narratives often highlight the issues of plagiarism, students using these models to answer exam questions, and conducting research with AI, completing lesson tasks with AI. These situations, at first glance, bring about valid concerns and issues that all educators, at some level, have to engage with or will in the near future. There are definitely many aspects related to large language models (LLMs) that can often generate an alarmist response or raise valid concerns regarding the ethics of using them in an educational setting. These concerns are very important to address and support educators with professional development and open, honest conversations. Ignoring these conversations will only create a greater sense of disconnect between the rapid technological changes in our lives and the role and importance of educators in the learning journey of schools.

For all of us, it boils down to a disposition and mindset where we understand that we are in an age of cohabitation with AI and Large Language Models (LLMs). With this coexistence, there are numerous interesting opportunities to leverage these models in order to support educators, as well as cautions and reflections to discuss and share within schools. Once again, using the lens of “what is the added value of our role in the education landscape in an age of LLMs,” one of the ways to leverage large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude is to support teachers in creating differentiated lesson plans and activities.

In this post we look at Lesson Planning. (LLMs) can assist teachers in breaking down the lesson planning process and clarifying learning objectives efficiently. With access to vast data and information, these models provide a comprehensive overview of the subject matter and generate novel ideas. They can support teachers in catering to students’ diverse learning styles and needs by offering personalized activities and differentiated instruction.

To leverage large language models (LLMs) effectively, understanding and utilizing prompts is crucial. Well-designed prompts guide LLMs to align their responses with desired outcomes, ensuring content generation that matches learning objectives. Prompts are a new skill for teachers to explore when working with LLMs, but they streamline the lesson-planning process. Specific prompts save time by eliminating resource searching, enabling the creation of quality, differentiated lesson plans that cater to diverse student needs. This highlights how cohabitation with large language models (LLMs) can be an asset to a teachers workflow.

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