The Importance of Lesson Planning for Student Success
Any experienced teacher will tell you that lesson planning is a big part of the job. Teachers around the world routinely spend as much as half of their working time on non-teaching activities, and lesson planning accounts for much of that time.
Lesson planning is how teachers synthesize the curriculum goals with pedagogy and knowledge of their specific teaching context.3 Ask ten teachers about the benefits of lesson planning, and you might very well get ten unique answers. There are also different opinions about how far ahead a teacher should plan lessons. Some recommend working a week out, while others advocate planning a month ahead.
In the end, though, creating successful learning outcomes for students is the goal. Although well-designed lesson plans take time and thought, it's an investment that can provide returns in many ways. In this post, we explore the elements to consider when creating lesson plans and what factors teachers can include in planning to assure success for themselves, their classrooms and, most importantly, their students.
The Many Reasons Why Lesson Planning Is Important
Effective lesson planning contributes to successful learning outcomes for students in several ways. A well-designed lesson plan:
- Helps students and teachers understand the goals of an instructional module
- Allows the teacher to translate the curriculum into learning activities
- Aligns the instructional materials with the assessment
- Aligns the assessment with the learning goal
- Helps assure that the needed instructional materials are available
- Enables the teacher to thoughtfully address individual learning needs among students