Lesson plans may be time taking and lengthy, but they are the key to conducting engaging classes. Creating a lesson plan with clearly defined learning objectives, goals, and a metric for measuring progress toward these goals is vital for you as well as your students. One major advantage of these plans is that its successful implementation motivates students to retain as much information as possible and also practically apply it.
To begin with, here are a few questions that you as a teacher need to ask yourself –
- How will you introduce the topic?
- What’s the best way to teach this information to your students?
- How can you incorporate problem-solving and critical thinking?
- What real-life scenarios relate to this topic?
Making an effective lesson plan takes time, dedication, and an understanding of students’ abilities and goals. It digs into the details that ensure you convey the right information to your students at the right time. Moreover, it simplifies your career by giving you a roadmap to follow each and every day. Let us have a look at how you can design next to perfect lesson plans.
Define Objectives and Learning Goals
Objectives are the foundation of your lesson plan. You need to be clear about what you expect your students to accomplish by the end of the class. Make a list of learning objectives that the students should have learned after implementing the lesson plan. Be mindful that your objectives are realistic, measurable, and in sync with the educational standards of your institution.
Determine if the class is going to be hands-on or just theory. Make a list of all necessary materials and ensure they are available well in advance. Include any links or media that are necessary. Don’t forget to include technology resources like video links or PPTs. If you need students to arrange for some equipment, tell them in advance and bring extras from your side.
Understanding Student Needs
Make sure your lesson plan incorporates the interests, preferences, and choices of your students. Our aim is learning and it will only happen if students are engaged and interested in what you are teaching. Convey to them your objectives at the beginning of the class so that both you and your students are on the same page. Some students may need more encouragement than others and you should be prepared with a plan of action to motivate them.
Your set of instructions should be designed in a way that they are easy to understand and comprehend. Maybe there is certain information you don’t want students to be told upfront, but you want them to discover it throughout the course of the lesson. Involve your students in the process whenever possible so they’re engaged. If needed, make personal notes that will help you at the time of instructing students.
Every teacher wants their students to be interested in whatever is going on in the class. Get them interested in what this lesson is all about and give them an outline of what you’re going to be presenting. You can alter any activity to be done independently, in pairs, or in small groups. If you feel that students are losing interest, be spontaneous, and quickly make minor changes to your lesson plan.
Giving Students ample time for Practice
Each student has its own pace, we cannot get everything done in the time limit that we feel is right. First, you can give a quick recap of the lesson to make sure the students have retained the information. Second, you can make small groups and instruct students to discuss the key learnings with their peers. Third, you can give them a small assignment or homework that requires applying whatever has been discussed in class.
Ending and Evaluating the Lesson
Do a brief overview of the lesson and leave them with a preview of the next lesson so they know what to expect. Evaluation is extremely important since that is the only way you will know if the kind of lesson plan you are designing is effective. You can take a quick quiz at the end of the lesson or ask the students to volunteer and recap in the next class.
Apart from all this, it is also a good idea to get insights on how other teachers prepare their lesson plans. You can talk to your fellow teacher friends or join online communities. Remember, creating a lesson plan is just the first step to designing a full-fledged curriculum for your subject.
We feel each class you teach should build on the previous lesson and move seamlessly into the next. What are your opinions/experiences of building workable lesson plans for your students? We want to know if working without lesson plans works better for you and if not, what is your method of creating one? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org