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What is the importance of a lesson plan and why are they created?

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monique06 | Valedictorian

Posted July 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM via web

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What is the importance of a lesson plan and why are they created?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Lesson plans are the "road map" for a teacher's instruction.  Imagine a teacher standing in front of a group of 25 young people.  They have finally quieted down and have given the teacher their undivided attention.  The window is small, for after about five minutes, disruptions will start, focus will be lost, and the task to educate and mold minds will increase in difficulty.  The teacher looks into the faces of these children, the eyes, in particular.  The moment of action and of decisive execution of their duty is upon them.  

This instant is made easier through the lesson plan.  Simply put, the importance of the lesson plan is to make sure that instruction is focused in a clear and effective manner.  At the moment of looking in the eyes of 25 children, lesson planning cannot be effectively undertaken.  There is little chance of being able to construct a lesson in an engaging and insightful manner, keeping in mind the lesson's link to state and national learning goals, assessment administration, and consistency with the core values of the teacher.  This cannot be designed in one's mind at the critical moment of action.  Rather, it must be thought out and poured over in a lesson plan.  The lesson plan constructs the lesson, designs it in reference to learning standards, incorporates reference to assessment, and ensures that vibrant instruction has a plan.  

The lesson plan is created with the intent of delivering high quality instruction to students with a design and purpose.  Great teaching is not "done."  It is not "whipped up." Rather, it requires deep reflection and thought.  The lesson plan allows for this to happen. The lesson plan is created to ensure that one has a plan for the critical moment that is upon every day for every teacher when the class quiets for that instant.  It is for these moments that the lesson plan is created and its importance is seen in the teacher that can say with confidence, "Okay, folks, here's what we are going to do today."


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eli468 | TA , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 2:29 AM (Answer #2)

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Lesson plans are created to keep focus on the subjects needed to be learned and can keep classes on track. It allows a teacher to already know what they will be doing in order to get their students to where they need to be at a certain point during the class year, quarter, or semester. 

Lesson plans are also great to be able to show a teacher's progress and work with what they have been teaching. They are a great framework to be able to educate in a structured and easier way.


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