When You Start Teaching: The Lesson Plan
How do I plan and organize my lessons?
The lesson plan format below often is used for effective instruction in adult education classes, especially for ABE learners.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . .
Set the Objective - The instructor determines what learners will be able to do upon completion of this lesson.
NOW PLAN THE LESSON . . .
1.Warm-up and/or Review
Instructor provides an activity to focus learner attention on the lesson objective and/or to review the skills/vocabulary previously taught that tie into the current lesson.
Instructor establishes the purpose of the lesson by stating the objective and relating it to the learner’s previous learning, goals, or experiences.
Instructor presents new information and skills, using a variety of strategies, e.g., visual and auditory presentation, modeling with "think-alouds," demonstrations, etc. Instructor checks for comprehension.
Learners are provided opportunities to practice the new skills, both with peer support and independently.
Instructor provides an activity that assesses individual learners on attainment of the lesson objective.
Learners use the language/information/material/ in a new situation.
Learners and instructor discuss the lesson to determine learner progress, effectiveness of instructional strategies, pace of instruction, and implications for future lessons.
- Who are My Students
- Before You Start Teaching
- When You Start Teaching
- Some Instructional Do’s
- California Model Program Standards for Adult Basic Education
- What Research Says About Teaching Adults to Read
- Assessment and Accountability
- Implications for Adult Educators of the "SCANS" Report
- 10 Easy Things You Can Do to Integrate Workplace Basics (SCANS Competencies) Into Your Classroom
- General Strategies for Organizing and Managing an ABE Class
- Multilevel Class Management Models
- Appendix A: Resources for Adult Educators
- Appendix B: Words of Wisdom
- Appendix C: Personal Learning Plan
- Appendix D: S.T.E.P.S. Interview Guide