planning...who needs it, or needs to know how to do it? Just a hunch, but
since you are, well, here, maybe, just maybe, you do! Having the skill to
plan lessons really does help you to "own" the subjects you are teaching or
will be teaching. Make no mistake though, the first thing you have to
realize is that the fundamental skill required is that of planning. If you have
reached adulthood, you have surely planned events, trips, parties, and so
on. Well, lesson planning uses those same skills, except the objective is
the learning of your students in a very specific way and under very specific
conditions. The process of lesson planning always results in a physical
object -- a lesson plan. It may be a sheet of paper or a digital computer
file, but there is always a visible dimension to any lesson plan. The real trick is to engage in planning that
results in an effective lesson plan that by definition is clear, unambiguous, and
communicates clearly what is supposed to take place in terms of reaching a
specific objective with your students. So, with that said, let's get
Lesson planning is a special skill that is learned in much the same way as
other skills. It is one thing to surf the Net to retrieve lesson plans from
other sites and adapt them to your needs. It is quite another thing to have
the skill to develop your own lesson plans. When you are able to create your
own lesson plans, it means you have taken a giant step toward "owning" the
content you teach and the methods you use, and that is a good thing.
Acquiring this skill is far more valuable than being able to use lesson
plans developed by others. It takes thinking and practice to hone this
skill, and it won't happen overnight, but it is a skill that will help to
define you as a teacher. Knowing "how to" is far more important than knowing
"about" when it comes to lesson plans, and is one of the important markers
along the way to becoming a professional teacher. It is also in keeping with
a central theme of this site that you should learn to plan lessons in more
than one way. The corollary is, of course, that there is no one "best way"
to plan lessons. Regardless of the form or template, there are fundamental
components of all lesson plans that you should learn to write, revise, and
improve. The old adage, "Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice
makes perfect" is at the core of learning this skill. Trust me on this.
is among the most popular pages on the ADPRIMA web site, and for good
reason. Good lesson plans do not ensure students will learn what is
intended, but they certainly contribute to it. Think of a lesson plan as a
way of communicating, and without doubt, effective communication skills are
fundamental to all teaching. Lesson plans also help new or inexperienced
teachers organize content, materials, and methods. When you are learning the
craft of teaching, organizing your subject-matter content via lesson plans
is fundamental. Like most skills, you'll get better at it the more you do it
and think of ways of improving your planning and teaching based on feedback
from your students, their parents, and other teachers. Developing your own
lesson plans also helps you "own" the subject matter content you are
teaching, and that is central to everything good teachers do.
It's simple; effective lesson plans communicate,
ineffective ones don't. Teachers create lesson plans to communicate their
instructional activities regarding specific subject-matter. Almost all
lesson plans developed by teachers contain student learning objectives,
instructional procedures, the required materials, and some written
description of how the students will be evaluated. Many experienced teachers
often reduce lesson plans to a mental map or short outline. New teachers,
however, usually find detailed lesson plans to be indispensable. Learn to
write good lesson plans - it is a skill that will serve you well as a
teacher. If you're really serious, become proficient in writing effective
learning objectives. All lesson plans begin, or should begin with an
objective. Toward that end, I have developed a self-instructional,
interactive program that teaches this important skill within the context of
lesson planning. Go to this link to find out more:http://www.adprima.com/wlo5.htm It
is inexpensive and effective!
For those of you visiting the ADPRIMA web site in search of lesson plans,
you will find some links here that point to some of the best anywhere on the
ADPRIMA Help on Learning to
Write Lesson Plans
Mistakes in writing lesson plans and how to
avoid them Do
it! Nip your problems in the bud!
Lesson Planning: Teaching Questions A
set of questions that will help you provide a more effective and meaningful
learning experience for your students.
Plans the Easy Way! A
different take on writing lesson plans.
How to Write Behavioral Learning Objectives This
is about how to express instructional intent in behavioral form.
Rationale for Behavioral Learning Objectives.
A little background on behavioral objectives can deepen your understanding.
Measurement, Assessment, Evaluation A
brief explanation of these three terms that might be helpful.
Verbs for Behavioral Objectives Using
the correct verb makes a big difference.
How to Write an Assessment Based on an Objective Some
thoughts about this often difficult, confusing, yet integral part of lesson
Examples of Behavioral Verbs See
how the verbs are used in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social
Student Lesson Plans A
nascent collection of student-written lesson plans submitted to the ADPRIMA
site. Social Studies, Science, Mathematics.
Helpful Stuff from ADPRIMA on
Teaching and Learning
Why I Chose Education as a Career Statement This
dreaded statement is presented. Use it, change it.
Quickies on What Works in Teaching A
page of really good, practical information.
Thinking Skills Outline A
useful outline of terminology that pertains to thinking skills.
Tips on Becoming a Teacher A
useful little checklist that gives you some clues about becoming a teacher.
Classroom Management and Management of Student Conduct Some
practical ideas for new teacher on this problem area.
Ability and Instructional Grouping Information You
might find this to be interesting, because like it or not, when you become a
teacher, you will group students in some way.
Direct Teaching A
page of useful information and links.
Teaching Position Links Some
good sources of teacher position openings.
I like what I found here. A great mix of the theoretical and practical. It
is a different point of view that will broaden and deepen your understanding
of constructivist teaching and learning.
Lesson Plans and Information on
Internet has many thousands of lesson plans available to anyone. Probably
hundreds, if not thousands, are added daily. In an effort to narrow things
down a bit, we have searched the Internet for sites that have good lesson
plans. Most of the sites listed also point to other sites that have lesson
plans. So, if you are a teacher-in training, or an old pro, or somewhere in
between, you will find something here that will either give you some new
ideas, or perhaps reinforce your old ones. I still maintain that you should
also develop your own lesson planning skills, which will serve you well in
becoming a professional teacher.
Madeline Hunter - links to lesson planning. Her
classic model has stood the test of time. Check out these links to add to
your store of information.
Lesson Planning Tips.
A great collection of practical tips as well as links to helpful sites.
Teachervision.com Lesson Plans.
A nice collection and well-organized.
Net Lesson Plan Bank. This one is a must
see for lesson plans in most subject areas. You can even submit your own
This is a great source for lesson plans and education information.
Young's Supercharged Educational Voyage.
This is a must visit site. Wonderfully organized with many links to lesson
plans and other useful information for teachers and those learning to be
Teachers Helping Teachers A
good collection of teacher resources, including lesson plans.
Education Center A
great page of lesson plans and links to other sites.
AskEric Lesson Plans A
very comprehensive site with many links, lessons, and activities.
Lesson Plans Page.com. Now
this one is really different. An eclectic collection of lesson plans and
lesson planning ideas that is really worth a visit.