Lesson Plan Rationale Essay

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As proposed by Dymoke and Harrison, good lesson planning is essential to successful teaching in so far as stating, `It is often the case that poor teaching, classroom management and behaviour stem from lack of explicit planning` (2008, p.122) It is suggested then, that thorough planning is fundamental to the successful learning of pupils in many ways. Whilst allowing the teacher to follow a process of thinking, providing a mental practice session if you like, the act of planning therefore becomes an imperative aid for both student and teacher.
Throughout this rationale, the key elements and processes of meeting planning requirements will be discussed with specific reference to a series of three progressive examples (see appendix). The
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If we refer to the objectives in lesson 1, it is fair to suggest, given the nature of dance that, individuals are likely to learn far more than only how to use action sounds as stimulus for dance. Pupils will also learn how to perform new actions such as a barrel jump, gain understanding of performance skills, how to behave in a performance scenario and so on. However, teachers are able to achieve more control regarding the intended objectives and how this is reviewed will be discussed later.
Viewing lesson objectives in light of the National Curriculum is perhaps of relevance here also. According to the guidelines, opportunities should be provided to allow pupils to generate work where certain key principles are met. With reference to the processes laid out in the curriculum then, ideally pupils will be: developing skills in physical activity, making and applying decisions, developing physical and mental capacity, evaluating and improving and making informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles. For pupils, it is these underpinning concepts that supposedly contribute to `deepening and broadening their knowledge, skills and understanding` (GCDA, 2010) If this is the case then viewing a whole unit of work it requires objectives orientated towards achieving most if not all of these. In dance, looking at these progressive plans it would