Written Lesson Planning
Carefully prepared plans are essential for effective teaching. Good planning varies from subject to subject depending upon purposes, the needs of the children, resources available, activities involved and the content of the program. However, most educators would agree that the planning stage of teaching is vital to the successful accomplishment of the lesson.
The student is required to have a written lesson plan for each lesson taught. Weekly plans should be submitted to the cooperating teacher a week before they are to be implemented. The plan should be checked by the cooperating teacher before it is taught, thus enabling the student teacher and the cooperating teacher to discuss possible problem areas and student reaction before presentation.
A good lesson plan should:
- Realize that which has preceded and what will follow.
- Consider students’ interest, abilities, and needs.
- Include basic concepts and processes to be taught.
- Center on a specific objective.
- Be meaningful to the students.
- Assess whether or not objective(s) has been accomplished.
Ways to evaluate observable behavior:
- essay, short-answer, or multiple choice tests
- solving problems
- oral test
- term paper
- written plan
- project report
- oral statements made in class
- participation in class and discussion groups
- performance in lab and group situations
- demonstration in class
- creating something new using learned information
- setting up criteria