What is a teacher's lesson plan

How do i start? - Procedure and structure of a beginner's lesson

Shortly after starting your traineeship, you will be confronted with everyday professional life: planning lessons is part of the core business of teachers' work and it will soon be easy for you too. The following information will make it easier for you to prepare for lessons on a daily basis.
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Individual lessons and sequence of lessons

The basis of all teaching is always the current curriculum. If you take on individual lessons as part of a teaching attempt or an entire class as part of your legal clerkship, you will always first discuss the material distribution plan and the current lesson sequence in which the respective individual lesson is embedded with the class teacher. In this way you guarantee continuous teaching and learning.

Lesson planning

The starting point of every lesson planning is the question of the subject of the lesson: the so-called factual analysis. Once you have familiarized yourself with the content of the lesson, the next step is didactic analysis, i. that is, the learning objectives of the lesson, the competencies that the students should acquire in the lesson. 3 to 5 learning goals per hour are useful.

With the help of a roughly sketched lesson, which is based on the learning objectives of the lesson, the methodological decisions can be reflected and the timing can be planned. Do not pack too much content into an hour and always allow for time buffers, such as additional exercise opportunities.

The following exemplary structural sketch has proven itself in practice:

Time: 8.00 to 8.05

Phase: entry

Course of the lesson / blackboard: Introduction to the lesson topic

Teacher / student behavior: The students ...

Method: impulse

Media: whiteboard

Structure and phases of a lesson

Introduction / warm-up: Introducing the students to the topic of the lesson

Imagination, curiosity and interest in the topic should be aroused.

Activation of prior knowledge: Before developing something new, existing knowledge must be activated and made available, e.g. B. by repeating the content of the last lesson, discussing the homework, etc.

Developing and securing: Now the students develop new knowledge and new skills. Pay particular attention to this phase in the planning, vary the methodological approaches and forms of work (individual, group work, etc.). Knowledge and skills that are acquired independently are retained in the memory over the long term.

Securing the results achieved in a classic blackboard or presentation by the students. Make sure that the work results are recorded by all students, especially if the backup is carried out by the students in the form of a self-check.

Application of what has been learned and transfer: Particularly in competence-oriented teaching, it is important that what has been learned, the subject-specific knowledge, is called up and applied in specific situations. Long-term skills development in the students can only be achieved through concrete commitment and transfer. Therefore, never skip this phase and allow enough time for it!

End of the lesson: A successful lesson always includes a well-rounded end. Never let the hour fray. This gives the impression that the content developed was ultimately not that important. You should absolutely avoid that.

Very often hours end with homework being given. It doesn't have to be that way, think of “more interesting” alternatives for your students. One hour can e.g. E.g. end up with a flash of lightning: Everyone names an aspect that was new to them, that they will definitely remember ... Each aspect may only be mentioned once.

Follow-up and reflection

Follow up on each lesson by asking yourself critically whether the students have achieved their goals and whether they have also worked out something new.

Think about what went well and what didn't in each class. Did the actual course of the hour correspond to your planned course? Were there any difficulties in developing or practicing the material? Were the students active?

Use your reflections to draw appropriate conclusions for the next lesson and stay creative as you prepare for the next lesson.

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