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