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Lesson 9: Lesson Planning

Lesson plans aid in the organization and delivery of daily lessons. They can vary widely in terms of style and specificity. Regardless of the format, they aid teachers in the development of strategies and methods that will help students accomplish the learning outcomes. While there are basic elements of a lesson plan, it should be modified to suit the needs of the individual teacher. Finally, even teachers who design highly detailed lesson plans rarely follow them in a lock-step fashion. It is important to be flexible and "go with the flow," taking advantage of "teaching/learning moments." Hence, view the lesson plan not as a blueprint but as a guide which can change given the classroom interaction, dynamics, etc. Don't let the lesson plan stifle the students' creativity or yours.

Three Stages to Lesson Planning

Stage I: Pre-Lesson Planning (Course Planning)

  • Course Goals and Outcomes
  • Content
  • Student Entry Level

Stage II: Lesson Planning and Implementation

  • Unit Title
  • Instructional Goals
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Rationale
  • Content
  • Learning Activities/Instructional Procedures
  • Evaluation/Assessment
  • Materials

Stage III: Post-Lesson Activities

  • Evaluation and Revision of Lesson Plan

Lessons: Index, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, References

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