How to plan a lesson effectively with all its requirements ?

November 3, 2006 6:41am CST
A topic chosen for teaching should have learnig outcomes. These outcomes have bearing on the syllabus requirements. When the teacher plans a lesson, some of the outcomes are left out. What should be the effective way to plan a lesson.
3 responses
3 Nov 06
I dont get how some of the outcomes can be left out if a teacher has planned their lesson effectively. Granted it might mean that certain activities are cut short, but in order to meet the criteria this often needs to happen. There is so much pressure on teachers nowadays to complete the syllabus by a particular date that most of the fun is lost. We always adopt the following when creating a lesson (based on a 50min lesson) 5 mins on a connect activity that basically recaps on what was learnt last lesson, then 3-5 mins explaining the big picture, i.e. what we are going to learn today and what we want them to have learnt by the end of the lesson (usually 3-5 objectives).These are usually written on the board so that pupils can see the activities they will be doing and the teacher can cross them off as they go along. This gives the pupils an idea of how long is left of a lesson and keeps them more motivated (theoretically!). Then you start with your activities that will last 35 mins in total and then you have a 5 min recap session to make sure that all objectives have been met. Its rushed but can be done and also if the pace is nice and fast with lots of different activities pupils are usually engaged for longer and dont get bored. Tiring work for the teacher though!
@athnam (20)
• United States
27 Jan 08
This will open yet another can of worms, but...engaged busy, or engaged thinking?
28 Jan 08
Not at all! Feel free to open as many cans as you like! ;-) I meant engaged as in interested (hopefully anyway!) as the pace should be quick enough for them to maintain interest as they are not stuck on the same activity for too long.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Not every lesson can address every objective. This can only be done over a period of time. I keep track of state standards in a notebook and make sure that somewhere during the year I cover each one of them. I have planned some lessons I felt were really good ones, and they didn't turn out the way I expected them to. Knowing what will work and what won't only comes with experience. I've had other lessons I considered to be kind of rinky dink that have accomplished far more than I ever imagined.
@toastking (272)
3 Nov 06
In the planning of a lesson a teacher must obviously plan in for a degree in variation as to the responses as the class may need a lot of help in coming up with ideas of they might just take over and leave you little to do, the best teachers will know in advance most of the time the amount of planning required and what the student input is likely to be.