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Simplifying our practice: Lesson planning

In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part five looks at lesson planning

In the classroom, fads come and go, but one thing that stays consistent is the correlation between preparation for learning and success.

Taking the time to plan and prepare is paramount to successful learning, but the process can become laborious if not managed carefully. By which I mean that we can easily spend hours planning our curriculum, lessons and resources, and we must consider whether our time is being used efficiently.

Know your topics

At the heart of good planning is good subject knowledge. Quite simply, you cannot plan an effective lesson if you don’t know the intricacies of the subject being taught. A prerequisite knowledge of the curriculum requirements is also desirable.

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