January 21, 2018

5 Tips for Creating Lesson Plans

A teacher’s primary job is to create the best possible opportunities for successful learning in their classroom. That starts with good classroom management, but ultimately is achieved with effective lesson planning. We will be discussing five helpful tips for creating the best lesson plans to set each one of your students up for success.

  1. Create a clear lesson objective
  2. Keep it appropriate
    1. For age and ability
    2. Keep it interesting
    3. Gather your materials
    4. Develop suitable lesson assessments

Tip 1: Create a Clear Lesson Objective

The first thing to start with when you are writing your lesson plans is to come up with the lesson objective. Lesson objectives are the goal of the lesson plan. In other words, the objective is what you want the children to learn that day. It is important to keep the focus of the lesson plan centered on that goal. This objective will work off of the previous day’s lesson objective and lead up to the next day’s lesson objective.

Tip 2: Keep Lesson Plans Appropriate

Lesson plans are created to suit a specific age group of children. Keep your activities and goals age appropriate to allow for the best opportunity for success. In addition to keeping it age appropriate, you will also want to include in your lesson plan any adaptations you will need to have for students with special needs.

Tip 3: Keep Lesson Plans Interesting

When you attend college for your teaching degree, the professors help you learn several different teaching methods and strategies you can use to keep your students engaged. No matter what age the student is, everyone gets involved when there are hands on learning opportunities. Depending on the lesson objective, you may choose to let the students work in groups with a special activity which can be more interesting than independent work.

Tip 4: Gather Your Materials

When you know what type of activities your students will be working on during the lesson, it is time to gather your materials you will need for the lesson. If you have decided to teach them with an experiment, project or other hands on learning activity, it is important to be sure you have all the appropriate materials on hand the day before you need to use them. Being prepared is one of the most important things to remember as a teacher.

Tip 5: Develop Suitable Lesson Assessments

You might be asking yourself, how will I know if my students have learned the concept? Most days, teachers will not have a quiz or test to assess student learning, but you must offer some type of assessment to determine if your students have grasped the concept of the day. This can be anything from verbal questions at the end of the lesson to administering a quiz or test at the end of the day. If your lesson is project based, you will know the students comprehend the concept if they have successfully completed the project of the lesson.

Lesson Plans That Really Work

Keeping these five tips in mind when you create your lesson plans can help you develop meaningful lesson plans that lead to a full understanding of your lesson objective.

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