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The Essential Elements of Effective Lesson Planning

Every school district requires educators to supply detailed lesson plans for every subject that they are teaching. These lesson plans must reflect the current district and state curriculum goals. The lesson plans must have detailed instructions on how to teach the lesson properly and to determine if the lesson was effective.

Every lesson plan needs to include a well written learning objective (learning target). School supervisors often need written proof that a teacher has considered the district and state curriculum goals when planning the lesson. Lessons include thorough instructions, descriptions of assessments and a list of the learning tools that will be used.

I hope that you will find this solution useful for planning lessons for student teaching, for your coursework in college, or as a teacher preparing for an evaluation by a supervisor.

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Here are the steps to effective lesson planning for every subject. This format will be useful for general education teachers or for special education teachers.
<br>Step 1: Look at the district and state the goals for the subject. Examine the scope and sequence section of your textbooks. Examine the grade level equivalency documents for your district.
<br>Step 2: With one sentence, describe the concept to be taught.

For example, an sentence about the concept could be "Creating a poem about color".
<br>Step 3: Write a learning objective with the following three components: A statement of the concept that will be taught, what the students will do to learn the concept, and the criteria that is required to prove that the student has mastered the material.
<br>Example: Given a worksheet of 20 single-digit multiplication problems, the student will demonstrate their knowledge of multiplying single digit numbers by 6 by completing the worksheet with 90% accuracy.
<br>Step 4: Describe how you will introduce the lesson. ...

Solution Summary

This solution includes a detailed description of the steps that are used when a teacher produces lesson plans. There are step by step instructions of which elements should be included. The information used in this lesson plan format is very useful for student teachers who are preparing for their evaluation lessons or for teachers who are preparing for evaluations by their supervisors/principals. Links to two helpful websites are included.