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Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are basic planning tools used by teachers across the country. Teachers of all grades and classes can find free teaching resources online that meet their every need!

See our list of interesting lesson plans on various subjects:

Subject-based lesson plans

Grade-based Lesson Plans

 

Importance of a Good Lesson Plan

Lesson plans are representative of the thought and planning that goes into a teacher’s class. Good lesson plans give teachers confidence and allow them to arrive for class well-prepared. Students are more likely to enjoy themselves when the teacher has relevant, well-chosen activities and resources to aid understanding of the lesson. Teachers like to be able to determine, as a continuous process, how well students understand the lesson as it progresses. Intelligently thought-of assessment opportunities can help teachers obtain valuable feedback on student understanding. Teachers with good lesson plans have a lot going for them. Online collections of free teaching resources bring the many benefits of well-written lesson plans to teachers across the world!

What to Look for in a Lesson Plan

With the large number of lesson plans available online, it is important that teachers choose the most appropriate one for themselves. The first thing to look at is the subject matter. A teacher who is going to teach a lesson on the digestive system must first look for resources on that subject. Any lesson plan can be altered to suit specific learning and classroom needs, but there are a few things that teachers should specifically look for. Teachers should make sure the learning objective in the chosen lesson plan is the same as the objective the teacher has in mind. The entire structure of the class is created around the objective, so this is an important consideration. The objective is also used later for assessment at the end of a lesson. Teachers should also look for prerequisites – what students are required to know before starting the lesson in order to better understand the topic. Teachers should make sure that the structure of the lesson is not such that the teacher is doing all the activity in the class. Student involvement is crucial to student learning. On the other hand, teachers should also see that the activities suggested actually contribute to learning, and are not time-fillers.

Teachers the Best Judge of a Good Lesson Plan

At the end of the day, teachers know their classes the best, and are therefore the best judges of whether or not a particular lesson plan is suited to the class’ needs. While there are broad guidelines a teacher can follow when looking for a good lesson plan, there are no hard-and-fast rules that can be depended on. A little bit of experimentation with teaching methodology is never a bad thing!

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