GDTE/Planning a Lesson

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What is a lesson plan and why use one?

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What is a lesson plan?

The Internet is awash with definitions for a lesson plan. I have selected two definitions for you to consider:

  • The EduTech Wiki describes a lesson plan as a document "noting the method of delivery, and the specific goals and time-lines associated to the delivery of lesson content". Also, a lesson plan "helps the teacher to know what to do in a class (prepared by themselves), with quite specific activities".
  • The University of Michigan's Centre for Research on Learning and Teaching defines a lesson plan as "the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during the class time".


Extra resources

For more ideas on how to plan your lessons, read the Signposts from Ako Aotearoa Signposts. This resource discusses planning, beginning a session, engaging your students, active learning activities and much more.

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Case Study
Certificate in Fashion Studies
  • Click on this link for an example of a vocational course lesson plan with embedded literacy activities.