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Why Lesson Planning is Important

Spontaneity can be positive in our every day life. We can act on impulse – it is fun – and not consider the consequences. But, is this really the right way forward in teaching?

Unlike in our every day lives, where we may only need to think about ourselves, teaching is a position of responsibility. No matter the age group of our learners, whether they be youngsters or adults, they are expecting us to help them to improve their skills and knowledge. They place all their trust into us – and this means that we have a great deal of power.

We must therefore use this power, expectation and responsibility carefully. It is easy to think that having taught for many years, we know how to approach teaching a lesson and can act spontaneously. Wrongly, lesson planning becomes less of a priority. Ultimately, we must never underestimate the power of planning.

A single lesson only lasts a certain amount of time. We are limited, whether this be to 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. Using this time carefully therefore needs planning. Planning lessons therefore allows us to:

  • effectively time manage – with only a short amount of time (but usually a significant amount of content to teach!), creating lesson plans makes us consider how we can space the content out over time.
  • show professionalism and create a record – we can share our lesson plans with our headteacher or leadership. It shows how we might be developing our teaching skills over time. We can place our lesson plans into our teacher portfolio.
  • have clear objectives – if we can discuss our objectives with our students, then they will also understand what they are learning and why.
  • demonstrate progress over time – by keeping our lesson plans, we are showing how students are developing their learning.
  • save time – if we can share our lessons plans with our department, then others can benefit from them – and we can benefit from theirs! This will also help to standardise our lessons.
  • reflect continuously on our own teaching practice – at the end of each lesson, if we consider what went well and what we might do differently next time, we can improve our teaching and become more confident.
  • consider what is best for our students – all of our students learn differently, so planning helps us to think about how we can best plan activities for all of them.

Lesson planning shapes what our students and learning and how they learn it. It allows us to document the different methods and strategies that we are trialling in the classroom, including what works, what does not and what we’d like to try again with a few tweaks to our approach. Our reflections on our lesson plans then show us to be professional teachers who are willing to have a growth mindset and adapt for different classroom situations.

Lesson planning can be time consuming and hard, but it is absolutely worth it!

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