There may be different formats to lesson plans which may be presented on different templates, but the key issue remains. There is always a need to evaluate the impact of the plan on the learning.
Planning a Lesson
Individual lesson plans will be part of a wider series of lessons within an overall scheme/unit of work.
Each lesson adds to the overall picture and needs to be effective in enhancing pupil learning.
It is therefore important that each lesson is well designed.
Three key areas/elements to consider
Are you clear on WHAT the pupils have to learn in this lesson?
Are you clear on HOW the pupils are to learn?
Are you clear on HOW YOU KNOW what the pupils are learning?
WHAT the pupils have to learn
This can be clearly stated as a Learning Intention.
It directs all other parts of the lesson as the purpose of the lesson is to achieve this goal.
Pupils should know what it is they are learning to do.
HOW the pupils are to learn
This involves planning for learning opportunities.
It includes the teacher interaction with pupils e.g. demonstrating, explaining and giving feedback.
It involves pupil activities which are designed to enable pupils to achieve the Learning Intention. An effective activity challenges pupils and provides the means whereby they engage with the processes of learning in an active way.
It involves a conclusion to reflect on what has been learned.
HOW YOU KNOW what the pupils are learning.
Teacher assessment of pupil progress is integral to planning the next steps in pupil learning.
The lesson needs to be designed to allow pupils to show what they know. The pupil activities should include this element.