Why does lesson planning take me sooo long?!

Lesson planning takes me so long to complete, as there are so many elements that have to be incorporated and linked. There are quite a few different lesson plan templates, but they all generally include all the following information:

  • The learning experience and or concept students will be learning.
  • The learning objective/s.
  • What students need to know and be able to do at the end of the lesson?
  • Determining and accessing students prior knowledge.
  • Methods to monitor student understanding.
  • Assessment of their learning.
  • Resources needed.
  • Introduction, body and concluding activities.
  • Managing teaching strategies, resources, differentiation.

I hope that one day I will be able to do these things in my sleep, and if not, a whole lot faster!!


Completing the template is only part of the planning process though. It is also important to think about other factors such as:

  • What do I know about this topic?
  • What more can I learn about it?
  • How do I feel about this topic?

There are many resources online to help teacher such as the Scholastic article which provides a list of 8 questions to think about when preparing a lesson. This article “How to produce the perfect plan” also provides some helpful tips for us newbie teachers.


Denise talks about planning to plan on her blog and shares that it is important to not plan to far ahead, and that also need to be flexible and able to adjust your lessons if required.

Happy planning 🙂


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