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Tool: Questions to ask about daily lesson plans

Even if you don’t answer these questions in a written plan, it may be helpful to get into the habit of thinking them through as part of your planning process. Some teachers may look at this list and say, "Sure, I do all those things," but if their plans were examined more closely, some parts might be missing.

Try using this tool to examine one week's worth of lesson plans to identify areas that are missing or areas that need further attention.

Examining my daily plans
Questions Does my plan address this? How could I improve?
  Yes Somewhat No  

My goals:

  • What will students know or be able to do at the end?
  • What will the final product look like? If there is no product, how will I know the lesson is complete?
       

Getting ready for my lesson:

  • How will I start?
  • What will I do during the lesson?
  • What do I want the students to do?
  • What do I expect them to say or do in response to the task I set?
  • How much time will I spend on various parts of the lesson?
  • What materials will I need? How will I organize them ahead of time to minimize wasted time during the lesson?
  • What directions will I give?
       

My classroom management:

  • What rules, routines or procedures will be important during this lesson?
  • Have I provided students with a clear statement of what I expect from them (orally or in writing)?
       

Providing support to all learners:

  • Have I provided visual cues to remind students of what they are expected to do throughout the lesson?
  • Will students have opportunities to speak, read, listen and write? How can I speak and write less and encourage students to do more?
  • Will students who are learning English receive enough support to complete the task?
  • Will students with identified disabilities receive enough support to complete the task?
       

For help adapting a math lesson from a published curriculum, see Adapting mathematics curriculum. For a sample high school social studies lesson, see Sample lesson plan for a block schedule.

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