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Published: 05/12/2019
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Plan, teach, mark: a step-by-step approach

Written for training teachers, this is a practical guide for how to simplify lesson planning and achieve the best outcomes for your students. 

In this resource, author and head of department Andy Sammons outlines the steps you need to take to ensure that the process of planning, teaching and marking has the right emphasis.

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Step 1: Planning a lesson

A lesson should never be seen as separate from the wider unit of work – it should tie into a bigger picture of skills and knowledge. Your scheme of work should be the route map, really.

These are the main questions to think about.

  • How can I establish what the students might already know?
  • What do I want the students to know?
  • How will the students need to apply it?
  • How will the students show themselves (and me) that they’ve moved on?
  • What are the potential areas of difficulty that the students might experience?

This resource accompanies the article 'Plan, teach, mark: the magic roundabout', where Andy explains how to plan lessons so that they are about learning and not exhausting you.


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Shirley Evans
Shirley Evans
I haven't used this resource yet, but I will definitely use this when planning my next set of lessons. Thank you so much for this.
Posted on 28th April 2020
Nicodemus Muhati
Nicodemus Muhati
A great resource for teacher development. Thank you so much.
Posted on 26th February 2020
Thara Ravishanker
Thara Ravishanker
This is really useful thanks. I used this useful resource to help me plan lessons that will appeal to my students. Many thanks! I look forward to browsing the website during my spare time at home to see what kind of resources may come in handy in the future too.
Posted on 9th January 2020

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