Teaching does not automatically translate into learning. However, student learning can be influenced by carefully planning what students will do before, during, and after each class, and by crafting significant learning experiences that support learning for all students.
Lesson Plans include:
- Lesson-level learning objectives that align with course-level learning outcomes;
- A hook and/or connections to students’ prior knowledge;
- Content that is presented in appropriately-sized “chunks”;
- Teaching and learning activities that align with course-level learning outcomes and provide opportunities for students to apply and practice with the new content being presented;
- Presentation materials and activities that meet accessibility standards;
- Assessment methods, including formative and/or summative assessments; and
- An opportunity to reflect on your lesson to consider what worked/didn’t work, and notes on what you would change for next time. For more on this, see the Reflective Practice page.
Lesson Planning Templates
We have provided three templates for you to download and use for your lesson plans:
- Lesson Planning Template includes questions for you to consider and tips for how to complete the template.
- Simple Lesson Planning Template does not include additional questions or instructions
- Lesson Planning Template with Arrows includes a visual representation of “chunking” the content of your lesson.
Key Questions to Consider when Planning Lessons
(from Meyer, A., Rose, D., Gordon, D. Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, p. 59)
Think about how learners will engage with the lesson:
- Does the lesson provide options that can help all learners regulate their own learning?
- Does the lesson provide options that help all learners sustain effort and motivation?
- Does the lesson provide options that engage and interest all learners?
Think about how information is presented to learners:
- Does the information provide options that help all learners reach higher levels of comprehension and understanding?
- Does the information provide options that help all learners understand the symbols and expressions?
- Does the information provide options that help all learners perceive what needs to be learned?
Think about how learners are expected to act strategically and express themselves:
- Does the activity provide options that help all students act strategically?
- Does the activity provide options that help all learners express themselves fluently?
- Does the activity provide options that help all learners physically respond?