Lesson Plans How to Write them Effectively
What is a Lesson Plan? • A plan outlining what you intend to cover in any particular lesson • A series of cues to prompt you during the lesson • A lesson plan usually shows a beginning, a middle and an end
Why have a Lesson Plan? • To ensure you cover everything you intended to, and to keep on target with the Scheme of Work • “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.” Petty (2003, p422) Original author?
Do you make a shopping list? Think of a lesson plan like a shopping list… You write your list but do you get it out? The items are in mind but you may forget one so checking the list is a good plan!
It’s so Time Consuming! It need not be – A good tip is to store your lesson plan electronically retrieve it, and re-work it, saving you from repeating the course details and similarities
Aims objectives & Learning Outcomes What’s the Difference?
An Aim An Aim is GENERAL and is expressed in a broad way outlining the subject intention On a Lesson Plan, the Aim might read: “Students to gain an awareness of some current ECO friendly methods”
An Objective Can be written as either a teaching intention or intended learning outcome – best avoided due to confusion! Stick with Learning Outcomes...
A Learning Outcome A Learning Outcome is SPECIFIC and describes exactly what you intend your students to learn, you would usually have more than one for each aim, breaking down the things they need to do; Intended learning outcomes
Example… The students will be able to… • List the varied types of recyclable materials • Explain three methods to save energy • Describe how solar heating works
Learning Outcomesshould be: SMART What does this acronym stand for?
SMART = • Specific - set out in concrete terms • Measurable – able to see achievement • Agreed – usually short term • Realistic – to suit resources, teacher and learner • Timebound - time allowance to be set