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9 Crucial Reasons Why Teachers Need a Lesson Plan

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To have a successful lesson, you have to plan it carefully. Lesson planning is at the heart of being an effective teacher.

What is a lesson plan?

A lesson plan is a step by step guide which helps teachers in maintaining a standard teaching pattern and does not let the class deviate from the topic. It also provides teachers with learning objectives, quality questions, supplies, and activities.

How important is a lesson plan?

Some following elements will show us the importance of a lesson plan in teaching English.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Dung N. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

1. Prove of Teacher’s Creativity

Lesson plan demonstrates the creativity and enthusiasm of the teacher. The lesson plan is a teacher’s indispensable material, or maybe say that is a vital weapon of a teacher when teaching an English class.

2. Teach with Higher Level of Confidence

When following a carefully prepared lesson plan, the teacher will teach better, more confident and smoothly, bring much effective in the classes. Materials created by the teacher are often more interesting, more relevant and a welcome change than the course books.

3. Achieve Goals

The lesson plan is built to fit the goals of an English class. It helps to achieve specific learning results corresponding to the initial level of students. The content of a lesson plan will answer the questions “Whom will I teach?”, “What’s the age of level I will teach?”, “What will I teach?”, “How can communicate between teacher and students?"

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4. Record Your Teaching

The lesson plan is an archival document which systematically recording what the teacher has taught in a whole course. Recording class content will also be used for covering. Preparing a lesson plan can be an additional document for students if the teacher is absent from the classroom on certain days.

5. Show Teaching Path

A lesson plan is created a logical sequence, to show a path of teaching and learning. It helps the teacher can change flexibly in the teaching process.

6. Map of Goals

Lesson plan shows the goals that both teachers and students aim for. The teacher can know whether the class has been successful or needs further improvement.

7. Structure

The lesson plan has the basic platform structures including Engage, Study, Activate to help teacher easily allocate the number of instructions in every lesson. It indicates which parts need to be tailored to each class. For example, teaching kids (under 5 years old) needs many exciting activities, and it is a combination of static and dynamic activities for adults.

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8. Classroom Management

A clear lesson plan will help teachers arrange effective teaching time and class management. A great lesson plan also helps teachers use it for new classes in the future. Therefore, the investment in writing a quality lesson plan is essential and useful for teachers. When a plan is ready, the teacher can focus on its implementation and helps the students to maintain focus.

9. Contents of the Lesson

Lesson plan shown to the contents include Learner objectives, personal aims, language point, teaching aids, anticipated lesson, tunning for each part of the lesson, interaction between teacher to student, student to student or individuals), class level, number of students.

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After all, a sequenced lesson plan gives many benefits to both the teacher and the students. A good lesson is a vital component of the teaching-learning process. A lesson plan is the instructor’s road map for students learning during class time. The lesson plan is enriched with important suggestions to summary knowledge teaching students.

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