Module 1B Assignment

1.3 Reflect on your experience of lesson planning so far; focus on your learning about aims, SMART outcomes and evaluations from this module.

I shall be exploring what I have found to be important about lesson planning and in particular the aims of a lesson plan, i.e. why we need to have one, how to measure the effectiveness of a lesson plan using the SMART mnemonic and what is important about evaluating the effectiveness of a plan.

In my experience a lesson plan is a framework of how a topic will be taught to a particular audience. This enables myself as a presenter to remain on track, produce consistency when presentations are repeated and keep to a particular time frame. A well-written lesson plan also adds an element of quality control, can be transferred to a colleague or other speaker and provides an important match to the needs of a particular audience. The latter is particularly important as my role as a teacher is to ensure that I create a positive learning environment and the Basic Teaching Model (Reece & Walker, 2006) combined with a SMART focused lesson plan will help me achieve this aim.

I have come across the SMART mnemonic many times throughout my career and have utilised it not only for lesson planning but also when looking to set targets for staff and when putting together business plans for accountancy clients. On most occasions it has stood for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time although I have seen variations and where it has been extended by adding an E for Ethical and a further R for Recorded. As a teacher it is important that I ensure a lesson plan goals are compatible with the developmental level of the students. Using the Basic Teaching Model   (Reece & Walker, 2006) combined with SMART objectives enables me to achieve this outcome and ensure that my student achievement expectations are reasonable. When applying it to my own needs as a teacher it has enabled me to learn from my experiences,...