What do I already know about lesson planning?

This week we had to share what we already knew about lesson planning. I only spent 10 minutes on this and come up with this list:


  • What is the topic of the lesson?
  • What do I want students to learn?
  • What do I want them to understand and be able to do at the end of class?
  • What do I want them to take away from this particular lesson?
  • Teaching/learning activities
  • Strategies to check student understanding
  • Prior knowledge or misconceptions students might have?
  • I do, we do, you do approach especially with HPE
  • Summarising lesson, feedback
  • Extra activities/backup plans/differentiation
  • TREE or CHANGE IT model
  • Reflect on the lesson
  • What resources do I have to work with
  • How do engage the students
  • How much time do I spend on each part of the lesson
  • Knowledge of my students
  • What have the students done prior to this lesson
  • Google for ideas

Ive highlighted in bold the I do, we do, you do approach, otherwise known as the Gradual Release Model! I was introduced with this model through my last specialisation prac for PE. It is perfect for Physical Education. In short,  you need to show and demonstrate to the students what they are doing, you need to give them time to practice what they are doing with feedback and drills until they can then independently complete the skill or game themselves. This is how I always plan my lessons for HPE now, it makes so much sense. It is also suitable for any subject.




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