Planning mathematics lessons

Ward-Penny, Robert and Lee, Clare (2019). Planning mathematics lessons. In: Lee, Clare and Ward-Penny, Robert eds. A Practical Guide to Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School Second Edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 3–14.



For an emerging mathematics teacher, planning is fundamental. A good lesson plan can provide a foundation for both effective teaching and successful learning. Planning can also help to tackle many of the concerns and fears that teachers have as they start their careers; in the words of the author Alan Lakein, "planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do somenthing about it now".

As people think and organise their thoughts in different ways, planning is a personal process. You must develop techniques and habits that support your own teaching, and this chapter is intended to set this process in motion. It contains a number of practical activities tha you can use to develop your planning skills while you begin your teaching. As you read through this chapter, you might find it useful to have to hand a copy of any pro forma documents provided by your institution or mentor and, if possible, some examples of lesson plans that you have already written.

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