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Lesson Plan Development
by Andrew E. Schwartz

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Lesson plans, believe it or not, are a lot llike the maps you have in the back seat of your car. They’re probably not covered with the ketchup and pencil marks that your maps are, but they are directional guides. You need some way of checking to see if you are on the right road in your lcassroom or on the highway. A lesson plan is really nothing more than a map of where you and your students will be heading for the time you are together. To paraphrase the American Express Card commercial, “Lesson plans - don’t leave home without them.”

“Do I really need a lesson plan?” asks someone in the audience. Yes, you do. An important part of the preparation for your session lies in your lesson planning efforts. There are several good reasons for constructing a lesson plan for every session in which you are involved.

  1. Properly outlined, a lesson plan will outline the priorities you want to cover in a logical and systematic sequence.
  2. The plan will help you stay on the proper track and lead you to your stated objectives without time-consuming tangents and loss of momentum.
  3. By staying with your game plan, you are better assured of having your trainees attain the prescribed goals.
  4. With a well-constructed format, you’ll be self-confident, knowing that you are prepared in advance.
  5. If your session is one that is repeated in other groups, the preparation and planning you have undertaken can be easily used by another instructor in your absence, or by you for a different group of trainees.

As any traveler can attest, amps also come in a variety of sizes and formats according to the area covered. Lesson plans are no different, and their formats vary according to the size, purpose, and subject of the lesson.

Andrew E. Schwartz, CEO, A.E. Schwartz & Associates of Boston, MA a comprehensive management training and professional development organization offering over 40 skills specific programs and practical solutions to today's business challenges.

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