an effective lesson plan is shown by your teaching methods. you also have to take note of your intended learning outcomes to see if they are SMART
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Do you have a mentor teacher or a good go-to person? It's good to have that when you are starting off. They can help you with what you need to cover and when. Remember to keep it simple. I use the 5E method.
Engage, explore, explain, elaborate, then evaluate.
Check out this blog I wrote a while back. Hope it helps you get started with planning!
Every time I plan I have the 5 Practices model in mind! Here is an example of it in action with each of the practices broken down:
and explained a bit more here:
Hope that helps!
Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) is a great resource. It is important to "plan backwards" with the "Big Ideas" and "Essential Questions" of the Unit in mind.
Start with your state standards and create learning objectives you want the students to be able to accomplish. Then create a hook or lesson starter to activate prior knowledge. Then include your direct instruction piece, guided practice, and independent practice. Include closure at the end. Closure can be the most important part of the whole lesson to get kids to continue thinking about what they just learned.
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