Writing Lesson Plans

For students of undergraduate to graduate grade.

Objective: teachers will learn how to write a seven-step lesson plan.

Anticipatory Set: show a video clip of a teacher giving a highly effective lesson.

Discovery: ask teachers to make a list of things that teacher probably considered in preparation for the lesson.  Ask them further to make a list of all the things they consider when preparing a lesson.  Look for opportunities to interject common lesson plan terminology into the discussion: anticipatory set, purpose, objective, lecture, discovery, guided practice, independent practice, check for understanding, closure, reflection, etc.

Guided Practice: ask teachers to create a lesson plan in their area of expertise.  Teachers work together.

Independent Practice: ask students to create a second lesson plan in their area of expertise.  Teachers work independently and then compare lesson plans.  

Check For Understanding: quiz teachers on the seven or eight steps and what they are for.