Writing lesson plans can be a daunting task for even the most prepared teacher. Let’s face it, lesson plan writing for practicum experiences or teacher training programs is vastly different from writing lessons for the “real world.” Just as an architect wouldn’t begin a new building project without the blueprints, a teacher needs a solid lesson plan in order to be successful in the classroom.
The process outlined below describes the written lesson plan and does not detail how to effectively deliver the lesson. To help with this, there are a few points to keep in mind.
Point 1: Make real-world and cross-curricular connections to help students tap into prior knowledge and experiences, thus making learning easier and more relevant to the wider context.
Point 2: Integrate technology when possible. Using technology in the classroom is not only a great classroom management tool, but it also allows teachers to reach students with many different learning styles all in one tool. From interactive lessons to independent practice, this is how the current generation learns, and teachers must take advantage.
Point 3: Differentiate instruction in order to accommodate all learners and learning styles. Educators must be able to adjust lessons and activities to meet the needs of all learners in the classroom, from those with special educational needs (SEN) to high-achieving students, and every learner in between.
Point 4: Check for learning frequently. Whether using a simple oral question–answer session or learner response devices (ActiVote or ActivExpression), the most effective teachers check for understanding often. Doing this allows for early intervention and review or acceleration of a concept.
Point 5: Use the resources available in the classroom or school. When preparing a lesson, talk with a teaching assistant, librarian or technology teacher about what the lesson covers and gain feedback on who can help, and how to create an effective lesson or activity.
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