How to Write a Script for Lesson Plans

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Writing a script for lesson plans involves working out what you are going to say to explain a new idea or concept to the students. More experienced teachers often do this planning without being conscious of it, although if you are new to teaching, then it can be daunting to stand in front of students without a plan. Proper planning will not only improve the pace and quality of your lessons, but it also will help you to explain ideas more efficiently, which will help both you and the students.

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1 Write down your goals for teaching the lesson

Write down your goals for teaching the lesson. If you are planning a series of lessons, then writing down the overall goal and working out smaller goals for each lesson will help you plan a script for each session. If you have 10 lessons, then aim to pace your lessons evenly, with each lesson providing one tenth of the progress. This pace will help you to balance each lesson.

2 Write on a new piece of paper

Write on a new piece of paper for each lesson. Write the date of the lesson, the number it is in the sequence and the specific goal at the top. You can now plan the script on this lesson plan, and you will be able to see at a glance the purpose of the lesson. This method of preparation will keep you focused.

3 Divide the lesson into three sections

Divide the lesson into three sections. The first section will consist of you outlining the problem and explaining how you will solve it. The second section will consist of the students discussing the problem and doing group work to reinforce your message. The third section will involve you leading classwork and answering any questions.

4 Write the script for the first section

Write the script for the first section, which is the only bit which requires you to plan heavily in advance. Plan the progression of the teaching, which will allow you to explain the problem and the new concept which is being solved. Lead your students gradually through the process, and they will be able to learn it more easily.

5 Practice you

Practice what you are going to say. You should be able to estimate how long it will take and cut it down or lengthen it accordingly. If your session is one hour long, the first section should last roughly 20 to 30 minutes. Once you have planned a few lessons, you will be more aware of the right length of script to prepare, although in the initial stages practice is best.

Emile Heskey has been a professional writer since 2008, when he began writing for "The Journal" student newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern history and politics from Oxford University, as well as a Master of Science in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh University.