How to Plan Lessons Brilliantly: A practical guide for all teachers.pdf

How to Plan Lessons Brilliantly: A practical guide for all teachers.pdf


Planning Lessons Brilliantly offers student and practising teachers comprehensive, straightforward guidance and ideas to help you develop plans that support effective teaching and demonstrate what you want your learners to get out of their lessons.

Beginning by reflecting on the basics of what makes any teaching and learning effective, it places current agendas in context and provides explicit coverage of the pragmatic issues facing the inexperienced teacher. Key topics explored include:

  • Planning effectively and having a life;
  • Getting your head around aims, objectives & learning outcomes;
  • Linking aims to the curriculum and your schemes of work;
  • Structuring and pacing lessons;
  • Exciting starter activities;
  • Understanding learners with diverse needs;
  • Enhancing lessons with technology;
  • The place of assessment in lesson planning;
  • Homework & marking;
  • Planning an observed lesson.

Written by an experienced teacher and teacher educator, Planning Lessons Brilliantly is a source of sensible, friendly advice for all training teachers, as well as more experienced teachers looking for some new tools and tricks to better engage learners.


Matt Jarvis is an experienced teacher and teacher educator. He currently teaches psychology at Totton College, Southampton, UK and previously led the PGCE Psychology at Keele University, UK. He edits the e-Journal of Psychology Teaching and is author of 15 textbooks, aimed at students and teachers. He currently researches in the field of e-learning, has led numerous CPD sessions and events for the Science Learning Centres and is a Senior A Level Examiner.


1. Just enough theory and no more!  2. Deciding what you want to achieve  3. Structuring a lesson  4. Differentiation  5. Enhancing lessons with technology  6. Assessing learner progress  7. Observed lessons  Appendices


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