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Lesson Planning for Teachers: Steps to Success

Learn how to plan great lessons with this collection of tools and strategies for teachers at any level
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Created by Thomas Rogers
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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Not sure where to start when trying to plan the perfect lesson? Unsure on how to formulate a plan?

This course is designed to support teachers at both primary and secondary level in how to go about planning lessons with the progress of students in mind. 

The course includes:

  • Definitive guidance on what various research bodies, including OFSTED, have said about what constitutes great teaching and learning and how that relates to lesson planning
  • Detailed instruction and advice on how to plan for assessment and differentiation effectively
  • Concise support on how to set and deliver effective lesson objectives and outcomes
  • Various document downloads including templates to support the planning process

If you are a new teacher trying to work out the best way to plan a lesson or series of lessons or a more experienced teacher looking to "get back to basics", then this course is for you. 

This course is the second in a series of courses designed for teachers that includes, Creating a Classroom Buzz, a highly acclaimed CPD course currently in the top 20 on Udemy for teacher training.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Classroom teachers at any level or distinction
  • Teachers who want to take ownership of their own professional development
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What Will I Learn?
Set SMART lesson objectives and outcomes
Incorporate assessment strategies into lesson plans
Understand the different ways to differentiate learning through the planning process
Understand the way different room layouts can impact on teaching and learning
Be aware of educational research regarding lesson planning
Use the quiz as a checklist in your lesson planning process
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  • Course participants should have some interest in developing their own teaching practice before starting
  • Some experience of work within a school setting would be beneficial but not essential
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 13 Lectures Collapse All 13 Lectures 01:06:32
An introduction to planning for progress
1 Lecture 03:38
The essentials of planning for progress
12 Lectures 01:03:05
Outstanding teaching and Learning - what is it?

  • Become aware of the key components of great teaching and learning according to OFSTED (2016)
  • Consider what you need to include when planning lessons
Great teaching and learning: what do OFSTED say? (2016)

Essential elements of lesson planning

By the end of this lecture you will understand how to implement the four part lesson plan across a series of lessons

By the end of this lecture, you will be aware of misconceptions in planning and delivery of high quality teaching and learning

The Four Part Lesson - What is it and why is it useful?

Lesson Plan Proforma

By the end of this lecture, you will understand what effective lesson objectives and outcomes look like. You will also be able to develop and write your own objectives and outcomes for any type of lesson across any subject area.

Preview 08:35

Examples of effective lesson objectives and outcomes

This lecture explores the different types of questions you could look to incorporate into your lesson plans, backed up by academic research.

Planning in Questions

By the end of this lecture, you will understand what differentiation is, the pitfalls of implementation and some possible solutions and tools for planning for differentiation.

Planning for differentiation

By the end of this lecture, you will understand the different types of assessment that you can embed into your own lesson plans as well as some tools for implementation.

Preview 03:02

By the end of this lecture, you will understand why the setting up of a classroom is intrinsically linked to the lesson planning process.

Setting up your Classroom

Set-up tools

If you have planned a lesson or series of lessons, use this quiz to prompt some self evaluation.

Planning checklist
10 questions
About the Instructor
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I'm Thomas Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2008 and, at the age of 28, went on to become a Head of Department in one of the highest performing schools in the North West of England in 2013. In September 2016, I will take up the role of Head of History at O Castro International School in Spain.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. I currently write a weekly column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students last academic year.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise. 

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