Tips for Lesson Plans Writing
The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.
The new-age learner, be it a student in a classroom, an employee at the workplace, or a business leader in a boardroom, wants to learn differently. Various platforms, portals, mediums, and methods are being employed to facilitate this.
Still, it all starts with a lesson plan. Innovative lesson plans that go beyond the textbook widen the scope of the topic, enkindle curiosity, and entice the learner to delve deeper, explore further, learn better, and apply effectively.
What is a Lesson Plan?
A lesson plan is a confluence of pedagogy and instruction design. It helps an instructor state and achieve training objectives based on a curriculum. It warrants subject matter knowledge as well as an understanding of learning psychology. A lesson plan is a step-by-step instruction guide and a blueprint for conducting a class or teaching a concept.
Lesson plans clearly state the short-term and long-term objectives of the concept being covered and highlight the various stages in content delivery. It also introduces the learner to the necessary tools, materials, and activities being employed in the session.
Lessons in self-paced e-learning courses need to be planned considering the absence of an instructor, while instructor-led sessions need to be planned to enhance the instructor’s effectiveness.
How do Lesson Plans help?
Lesson plans explore ways to teach and expand the traditional boundaries of learning. They encourage lateral thinking and creativity and make learning and training sessions interesting, interactive, and engaging.
Lesson plans help learners do more by weaving in plug-ins like multimedia, worksheets, assignments, and in-class activities like quizzes, role-play, debates, etc. Lesson plans can also be storyboarded to assist graphic designers and developers in creating the e-learning course.
Another benefit of lesson plans is the standardization in instruction delivery across instructors. They help streamline the flow of information and activity and ensure consistency irrespective of the instructor’s own experience (or lack of it).
Creating A Lesson Plan
Before creating a lesson plan, instructors should consider:
- The target audience – Who, Why, What, Previous Knowledge
- The subject matter knowledge required
- Type of learning (behaviour, skills, or knowledge)
- Learner expectations
- Available duration
- Skills to be assessed
While creating a lesson plan, instructors should:
- List teaching points/ ideas as per the curriculum
- Create long-term and short-term learning objectives
- Suggest teaching methodologies
- Write instructions for development teams – multimedia designers and layout designers
- Write procedures for conducting in-class activities
- Write instructions for teachers and students
- List materials and resources required for activities
- Create worksheets, handouts, printable materials
- Provide interdisciplinary connects
- List expected student outcome and evaluation techniques
- Write search keywords (META content)
Activities that promote “learning by doing”:
- Undertaking Surveys Crosswords/ Puzzles/ Guess Who Am I?
- Scripts for TV/ Radio Broadcasts
- Presentations/ Elocutions
- Interdisciplinary Connects
- Group Discussions/ Debates
- Field Trips
- Lab Activities/ Model Making
- Interviews/ Press Conferences
- Report/ Biography/ Article Writing
Types Of Lesson Plans
Lesson plans can be of two types:
Comparative Lesson Plans:
Comparative lesson plans develop the same lesson in two different ways: face–to–face instruction (ILT – Instructor-Led Training) and self-regulated e-learning. These lesson plans serve the purpose of sessions or courses which need to be delivered in different formats to different audiences.
Detailed Lesson Plans:
Detailed lesson plans carry comprehensive instruction for each learning/ performance objective. These could be for either delivery method and facilitate the instructor/ the designer in the execution of the course.
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Our specialized and customized content, mapped to the prescribed syllabus, encourages learning through comprehensive in-class activities, assessments, reinforcement activities that motivate students to think beyond their textbooks.
Content for Instructor-Led Training
Our skilled content designers and subject matter experts are aware of the challenges instructors face and help them design appealing teacher-led training activities. These can be implemented well within the stipulated time-frame and the available resources. Our thought-provoking, research-oriented, in-class assessments and teaching ideas aid learning.
Assessment for Comprehension and Learning
We simplify difficult concepts through reinforcement activities and follow them up with application-based assignments that entice learners to explore a topic. This helps in developing an analytical bent of mind. An effective way for doing so is to identify the learning needs of students and trainees at the beginning of the session and translate them into achievable outcomes.
Our experienced team of in-house writers and editors and on-demand SMEs can develop content material for various subjects, including:
- Business Studies
- Digital Marketing
- General Science
- Manufacturing Management
- Political Science
We have developed content for CBSE, ICSE, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu boards and have worked with some of India’s major e-learning companies. We have also scripted content for:
- Assessment ideas
- Teaching ideas
- Graphic organizers (Spider Maps, Cluster Maps)
- Instructor-led Training Materials
- Multimedia components
- Assessment tools for teachers
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