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A Few Tips for Creating Efficient Lesson Plans

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Planning out and writing down a lessons plan is actually quite an easy and uncomplicated process. You don't have to be a rocket scientist (except, of course, if you are a rocket science teacher) to come up with lesson plans. However, a good lesson plan does involve a lot of thinking about what you want to achieve and very careful planning. So, here are a few tips to help you construct efficient lesson plans:

Plan carefully:

Before you write down a lesson plan, first think it through in your head. Creating good lesson plans means precisely that- planning. Think carefully about what you want to achieve through your lesson plan and what knowledge your students should gain in the end. A few teachers include this in their lesson plan and term it as "result." This part, however, is essential only if you plan to share your lesson plans with others. This is because you, as the teacher, know what you want to accomplish out of your lesson plan. Sometimes, writing out a rough draft of your lesson plan can be very helpful in organizing your thoughts and views.

Manage your time-

It is important to know how long it will take you to teach a part of your lesson plan. So, time yourself during a practice run. To that time, add a couple of minutes or more for any unplanned distractions. There are sure to be some incidents that will distract you and your class. For instance, a kid may show up late and make a big song and dance about it or a kid may ask some difficult questions that the class doesn't understand or are about.

Have more than one end point in your lesson plan-

It is important to ensure that you do not take too much extra time while teaching. At the same time you shouldn't end your lesson too early either. The simplest way to ensure this is to have more than one end point. By doing so, you can manage your time during the lessons. You can stop or continue the lessons whenever necessary.

Plan for interruptions-

There are bound to be questions asked by the students regarding the lesson. So, think of the questions that may be asked and be prepared for them. For example, if you and your class are discussing the chemical reaction that occurs when you mix mentos and coke, you should be ready when a student asks if other ordinary household objects could do the same. Also be ready to caution your students not to carry out some experiments at home.

Plan helpful homework-

Homework or assignments should not be only about compulsory work. Homework should make a student use his/her imagination and really reflect upon the lesson. For instance, if you are discussing the above mentioned "Mentos and coke" experiment, you could ask your students to look up on the internet about other chemical reactions that take place when other ordinary household objects are mixed.

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