Lesson planning is not just the most important part, it is the beginning point of an academic experience for students. Have you ever wondered how you can improve learning objectives with a unique experience constructed through proper lesson planning? Since education today means both hybrids as well as offline learning, a successful Lesson plan must integrate for both these situations to allow students to follow it in a classroom, as well as online classroom systems.
Every lesson planner must accommodate these key components, in whatever form or feature they choose;
- Properly set learning objectives for students, including personalization according to the classroom and student criteria.
- Both theoretical and practical activities.
- Assignment, assessment, and feedback portals to communicate student performance.
To summarize, a Lesson plan is but the general outlook of how your class is supposed to function, operating through teaching methodologies and activities, to fulfill learning objectives.
Here is a complete breakdown of how you organize and create a Lesson plan.
This is the most integral part of lesson planning because based on how your research and plan to arrange activities students would achieve learning objectives.
Without realizing where you are headed for an academic session, you cannot plan the curriculum. State and note down learning outcomes expected from your organized Lesson plan.
- State tasks without vague information, including keywords.
- Set achievable targets and elaborate on how to achieve them.
- Categorize temporary, permanent, short term and long-term goals.
- Ensure every student has the mental and physical capability of achieving said targets.
- Properly link course activities with theoretical or academic information, and follow the guidelines of the institution.
Soft skill areas are equally necessary because they help in developing students’ character and their perception of life. This is essentially true among preschool, middle school, and high school groups since they are still in their mental development stage. They need constant stimulation from diverse areas of interest. When they receive inputs from almost all fields of life, and not just academics, they have improved brain functioning that reflects in their academic performance.
Now that you know what you’re learning objectives are, both in academic and soft skill set areas, you need to pick each objective and rationalize further substeps.
Ask yourself the following questions;
- How fluent am I with the topic, and how would I make my students fluent too?
- What is the best methodology to apply in offline, online, and hybrid classes?
- How can I keep my students engaged and interested?
- Am I drawing any real-life references? If not, how can I do so more?
- Which other procedures can help my students understand or like a subject more?
Once you have the answer to these questions, specifying steps to attain goals becomes further simplified.
Human is a social animal, and this social quality does not develop among some students because they are introverted, shy, are not reluctant to talk even if for casual reasons. That is why we separately include student engagement in the best lesson planner. your set of activities should allow students to have a say in the classroom, involving not one but every individual present in the class.
Now that you have a Lesson plan ready, don’t start directly applying it in your classroom. Your students have the right to know some portions of your plan as they will be actively participating in it. Briefly explain your agenda to the classroom, and allow every student to make suggestions. Who knows, you might find something useful and practical.
Additionally, students feel included and confident when your techniques are well explained and known to them. It adds to a sense of familiarity and confidence in a classroom environment.
You need to check on a few things or make changes in your planner after analyzing it. That is why after-implementation effects are important. It helps you reflect on where you went wrong with some things, which is unavoidable, and fix them according to the response of your class towards the Lesson plan.
Just like you provide students feedback about how well they performed in their exams, they can also provide valuable elaboration on how they would like to undertake a few activities, with proper reasoning.
Revise, compromise, and enhance the Lesson plan to finally achieve every learning goal you had set before implementation.