Lesson plans help guide instruction and can be organized by day, week or even unit.
Although lesson plans can be adapted to fit the needs of a course, most should include:
- Date(s) and time(s)
- Learning objectives
What you would like students to know or be able to do after the lesson?
- Anticipatory sets/hooks
Develop an introduction to the material that will capture the students’ attention.
- Teacher modeling
How will you demonstrate a specific skill or strategy?
- Guided practice
After introducing new content, provide students with an opportunity to work collaboratively to complete a task with faculty guidance.
- Learning activities
What activities will engage the students?
- Independent practice
Provide students with the opportunity to practice alone what has been presented in lecture.
These can be formative or summative in nature and help monitor student learning.
What materials will be made available to supplement learning?
Choose an activity that will encourage learners to think about what they have learned or experienced and help make meaning of it.
Wiggins and McTighe (2005) developed a comprehensive lesson-planning tool to guide faculty through lesson planning. The following guide and template have been adapted to apply to a higher education environment and include new important planning elements. The needs of your lesson plan will depend on the characteristics of your course.
Use the following steps and template as a starting point.