In the classroom, lessons don’t just happen. Teachers don’t wake up and decide what they feel like teaching. There is a very specific curriculum they must follow and a time sensitive timeline in which to teach every lesson they are supposed to cover.
Because of this, teachers are responsible for writing lesson plans describing what they are going to teach and how for every time slot of every day. It isn’t as simple as just writing down what you want your students to learn. A lot of preparation and thought goes into writing these lesson plans.
1. There is a lot to think about before starting your lesson plans. First, what are your national, state, and school specific standards for how these lesson plans need to be laid out? Also, consider what you want the end result to be. What do you want your kids to learn in this lesson? Once you have figured all of that out then it’s time to start working.
2. Create a key for yourself off to the side so you can remember what specific lessons you need to ensure your students know. This list is to jot your memory, but can also serve as a vocabulary list for your students.
3. When writing your list, be sure to create a list of materials that you will need in order to complete your lessons. Television sets, DVD players, and overhead projectors (although they’re not being used as often) can all go on this list. This will remind you to have those utilities at your disposal when the time comes.
4. How do you want to introduce your lesson? You can begin with a lecture or spice it up by having your children do a worksheet or watch a video. Remember to allocate the right amount of time so they can fit it all in.
5. Also on that note, think about how you want to carry out the lesson itself. Some are more independent, with you simply talking to the students in lecture form. Others allow more room for group discussion or participating in a game. You can also vary these techniques by starting with one and moving into another.
6. Once you have analyzed the possibilities in your head, jot them down in the margins so you can remember them when formally laying out your lesson plans.
7. Decide now how you will have them demonstrate what they have learned. It could be something traditional like a project or paper, or it can be a class wide activity. For example, if they’re learning about money and financial transactions, maybe set up a classroom store where they have to count their money and budget.
8. Once you have decided how they will demonstrate their new skills, write out a step-by-step instructional list.
9. Put it all together in your lesson plans.
Although there are many steps, it is beneficial in the long run. In both teaching and teaching assisting careers, the lesson plans help organize your thoughts and demonstrate to your higher ups that your class is where they are supposed to be. Lesson plans may seem tedious, but they are crucial to your performance as an educator.