How to Write a
Daily Lesson Plan Template
a job teaching ESL
, your employer may have a daily lesson
template you will be required to use.
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If they do, they will also explain how to complete it.
However, not every school provides a template for you.
And even if they don't require you to complete a lesson plan for every
lesson, it is good practice, because you will make sure that your
- Logically planned
- Have a good mix of activities
- Give enough speaking time to the students
- Have a clear aim
It is also useful to create lesson plans, and keep them with the
you use in a file, so you can re-use the lesson again in the
This is, in fact, the main reason why experienced teachers seem to
spend less time planning; they have taught the lessons before and they
know exactly what works and what doesn't work.
Designing a Lesson Plan Template
If you need to design a template for your lesson plans, it is a good
idea to save it on a computer so you can either type your lesson plans
onto it, or print it and hand write the plans if you need to.
There are a number of things that should be included on your lesson
- Lesson stage
- Stage aim
You may also find it useful to have sections for the following:
you will use during the lesson
- Notes on individual
students and any differentiation needed
- Space to evaluate
- Space to outline any potential problems you foresee during the
lesson, and how you plan to overcome them
These are of most use to new teachers and trainees who want to analyze
and evaluate their lessons, although some schools may require these to
What should a lesson plan template look like?
Here is a scaled down version of one example, with some content added
as an example (click
Of course, there are many variations on this template, and some
teachers like to add more detail than others.
If you are happier writing down every stage of your lesson, along with
a script of what you will say, and a plan of what you will write on the
board, then that's fine.
If you are happy with major stages outlined, with little detail, then
that's also OK.
You will also probably want a cover sheet which outlines the general aim
lesson, details the teacher's
, the class
and the date
This could also include some of the other details suggested above.
If you are organized with your paperwork, and you get into a routine,
it isn't difficult to write lesson plans for every lesson. And if you
keep them filed with materials you've used, then you will always have
lessons available at short notice if you need to cover a different
They are also great to show prospective employers at an
Whichever kind of daily lesson plan template you use, you can be sure that it
will help you organize your teaching and be a better teacher.