The Essential Guide to Lesson Planning : Practical Skills for Teachers, Paperback

The Essential Guide to Lesson Planning : Practical Skills for Teachers Paperback

Part of the The Essential Guides series

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The Essential Guide to Lesson Planning is intended to help trainee and newly qualified teachers come to grips with the daily lesson planning required from them.

This book shows how the time spent planning good lessons can help to ensure that time in the classroom is effective, productive and enjoyable.

A key goal of this book is to show that planning lessons and behaviour management are not two separate entities -- any good lesson plan will have built-in behaviour management strategies.

If students are catered for, are allowed to achieve and have their good work reinforced, then even the most challenging of students can be fun to teach.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Teaching skills & techniques
  • ISBN: 9781405872775


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Although I’ve only been teaching 8 years I felt I needed a little refresher following new OfSTED expectations and changes to the number of lessons we teach per day in our school. Some aspects I was able to miss out because it discusses different websites and asking for assistance with areas you might not know as an NQT or PGCE student. However, they will be informative for those needing this information.There are 12 chapters in the book outlining:•The importance of planning a lesson•The learning environment•Lesson objectives•Bell work and starter activities•Main development (split over two chapters)•Plenary work•Managing behaviour through the planning of lessons•Literacy and numeracy•SEN and G&T•Assessment for Learning•HomeworkNot only is the information comprehensive but there is also a website that accompanies the book. Throughout the chapters there are references made to different official websites or sites of interest and these were also helpful. There was unfortunately one of the sites had closed down but I was able to find a good alternative. I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in planning and delivering lessons in an education setting – even staff who take children out of lessons for ten minutes at a time would find something useful in the book. Well-presented with useful summaries at the end of each chapter, this book is easy to navigate and one I’m pleased I purchased.