What is a lesson plan?
No matter what level or subject you teach, a lesson plan is your guide to facilitating a lesson. It typically includes a learning goal, a plan for achieving the goal, and a way to measure whether the goal was reached. Lesson plans don’t need to be complex or lengthy. However, they need to link clearly to the standard you’re teaching, the expected outcomes, and curriculum assessments. There’s no right or wrong way to plan. You can plan daily, weekly, or longer-term, depending on your preference.
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How to format a lesson plan
No matter which format or template you plan in, the first step is to develop lesson objectives that outline the learning goals for students. The second step is to determine the procedures for delivering instruction, including particular activities you will facilitate. The third step is to outline assessment methods, such as tests, presentations, essays, or other means to determine learning goal achievement. Additional helpful information includes seating arrangements and lesson materials.
Where to find great lesson plan ideas
There are countless online resources dedicated to helping you develop ideas for your lesson plans. Official government education websites have many jumping-off points for teachers of all levels, as do educational and textbook websites. ClickView provides ample resources for lesson planning across all subjects and grade levels from elementary to high school and beyond. These lesson plans come complete with various activities and ideas to enrich each lesson.
- What is the end goal I want my students to achieve?
- What are my students’ academic, social, physical, personal, and emotional needs?
- Which teaching strategies and teaching styles will best facilitate my students’ learning? (It’s usually a mix of strategies and styles).
- How should I group my students? Would randomized grouping work best for this activity, or are they better off with peers they choose?
- What prerequisites should my students have mastered, or what prior knowledge do they need?
- What materials do I need for the lesson to be successful? Consider technology, such as content clips, handouts, supplies, etc.
- What worked and didn’t work?
- What will I do differently next time?
- Is there more pre-teaching required?
- What can I do to build on this lesson or sequence of lessons?