Making an effective lesson plan takes time, dedication, and an understanding of students' abilities and goals. In the field of education, every teacher strives to motivate students to retain as much as possible during the course of the class and apply it.
How to Use a Lesson Plan
The educator conducts the lesson as outlined in the plan in order to achieve the goal of the course. The measurement of a successful lesson plan is often proven through the use of worksheets, homework, or a test.
How to Develop an Effective Lesson Plan
- Know your students. Understand who you are going to educate. Anticipate various learning styles (visual, auditory, tactile or a combination). Tailor your lesson plan to incorporate all learning styles through independent and group exercises. If you are familiar with the students' group dynamics you may choose to plan ahead of time to increase engagement and interaction. Keep in mind that you may alter any activity to be done independently, in pairs, or in small groups. Depending on the amount of time and size of the class you can be selective or mix it up and use all of these techniques.
- Set learning objectives. A learning objective is a statement that provides a detailed description of what students will be able to do upon completing a course. The statement should be simple and to the point. It is the teacher's role to help students understand how to use the information they will learn during the lesson in a practical way.
- Write the objective for the lesson. Outline the main topics or ideas you wish to cover during the lesson. The overview will function as the foundation upon which the lesson will be built.
- Plan your timeline. The curriculum you wish to cover may be too much for the time allotted. If this is the case, simply break your lesson plan into sections. This allows you to speed up or slow down depending on the amount of time remaining. Learning is dynamic. As you engage with students, encourage them to question and share ideas during the course of the class but be mindful of the time and the lesson plan. The lesson plan is your guide to ensure the learning goals you've set for your students are met in the time allowed.