This was not the first time I wrote a lesson plan. I have made many for other classes and will be making many more in the future as will everyone reading this blog. I know many of you are freshman so I wanted to share with you something I have learned in regards to lesson planning.
Always be over prepared. I know this may seem obvious but it is awful to have finished teaching your lesson and have 15 minutes left before you can move on to the next lesson. I suggest always assuming that students are going to get done early. At the same time do not expect them to make it through your entire lesson when you know you have extra material in there. Here is a link to no prep activities in case you ever do run out of lesson.
When planning a lesson don’t think in terms of what the average student in your class needs. Start your lesson by explaining what your struggling student needs, even though your advanced students think they already know it a refresher is always helpful. Then, extend the lesson until you have taught everyone something new. If you teach to the average you teach no one. I like to make my lesson plans to teach to what I call the rainbow. At the beginning of the lesson the least amount of students are learning something new, this is the base of one side of the rainbow. As you continue teaching more and more students will be learning and absorbing something new, this is the top. On the other base are your quick students, by extending the lesson just beyond what the majority of your students will understand you will include that last group of students and you will have taught the entire rainbow something new. I highly recommend watching this TED Talk. It will help explain some of the current flaws with the way teachers lesson plan and teach.