Tips for making high-quality lesson plans.

A lesson plan is an instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during class time. Curriculum and lesson planning can seem daunting, especially as a new teacher. How do you plan an entire year of learning before it even begins? How can you make each individual lesson relevant and engaging?

Even if you had plenty of practice writing lessons during your teacher training, it’s hard to be prepared for the avalanche of lesson planning you’ll have to do once your first year of teaching begins. Before planning the lesson, it is important to identify the learning objectives for students. Specifying concrete objectives for student learning will help the teachers to determine the kind of teaching and learning activities to use in class. The next step is designing appropriate learning activities and strategies to obtain feedback on student learning. These activities guide in checking whether or not the learning objectives have been accomplished.

If your goal is to create transformational lessons, then you will need to focus on enriching the lives of your students. You can do this by carefully crafting
your objectives so they are not too broad or too specific, but just right. In addition to that, they should be engaging and go beyond the textbook, incorporate visuals, and give students the opportunity of choice. When you do this, along with planning your assessment first, then you have ultimately transformed your lessons so that your students will be engaged and motivated to learn.

To identify problem areas in your lesson plans, you can use the below checklist:

  • Included all necessary information for the students
  • Planned to communicate why learning this is important
  • Not included too much information
  • Removed irrelevant information that might confuse the students
  • Presented the information logically
  • Planned to use appropriate instructional techniques
  • Planned to use appropriate resources

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