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Planning and Teaching: The Importance of Lesson Plans

Student teachers from the education program at the University of Minnesota Duluth have learned about the need for and the importance of daily lesson planning. They have been exposed to several different models of lesson plan preparation.

In general, a well-developed lesson will…

  • meet the needs of the students
  • promote good use of class time
  • assist with general classroom management and discipline

Now, during student teaching, it is expected that student teachers will refine their skills in lesson planning. The lesson planning process also encourages student teachers to think carefully through each lesson in advance.

The lesson plan provides a guide to be used during the actual teaching process.

Important point Given the importance of lesson planning, all student teachers must complete daily lesson plans for each lesson to be taught. These lesson plans will be shared with the cooperating teacher and the university supervisor. They will be used as evidence of the student teachers thorough planning.

Important point Lesson plans should be kept in a folder such as a three ring binder. Only those lesson plans that will be included in the Standards-based portfolio must be word processed and printed. Other lesson plans may be hand written.

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