A lesson Structure
Is a detailed step-by-step guide that outlines the teacher’s objectives for what the students will accomplish during the course of the lesson and how they will learn it.
To be effective, a lesson has to include clear, easy to follow instructions; it has to have a clear objective—what we want students to walk away having learned or understood; and it has to be engaging enough to keep students interested and participating throughout. To achieve these goals, a well-defined lesson structure is indispensable.
Lessons that are effectively structured do not attack the main topic immediately, but rather ease into it in a number of ways. They may:
- lead with a quote related to the subject to jumpstart discussion,
- begin with a short activity that brings lesson themes into focus,
- begin with a brief ritual to ready the group for a specific type of instruction.
The essential keys, then, of effective lesson structure can be summed up as:
- A well-defined learning objective,
- User friendly directions for teachers,
- Differentiated instructional methods,
- Engaging, enjoyable activities, and
- A processing guide to connect participants’ lesson experience to real world applications.