Plan to Execute (Lesson Planning)

How to Successfully Plan a Lesson

I’ve always been the type to organize any information, so that it flows and makes sense.

Organization is essential in creating a successful lesson plan for your content. This is a major component if you expect your students to master the information you are delivering.

You must organize learning objectives so that it flows and makes sense to your students, and so that you do not overload yourself or students.

I’m a firm believer in writing information out first.

It’s a must that before I begin inputting lesson plans that I have a system…. with my system, I can lesson plan an entire unit, giving room for reteach if it is needed.

This system is simple and straight to the point…. There’s no magic formula…


  1. Academic Calendar
  2. Year at a Glance (includes learning standards and unit coverage time)
  3. Learning Standard (LS) Resource (printable or app)
  4. Lesson Plan Binder

1st: Know where you are on your academic calendar; also, see how many days you are allotted for that unit (refer to your year at a glance or YAG).

2nd:  Review the main learning standards for that unit; choose which (LS) will allow your unit to flow and work together to successfully cover the entire unit. This learning standard will be the introduction to your unit or the foundation of that unit.

3rd: Assign dates based on complexity of LS; Be sure to include dates for reviewing, quizzes (make this a set day), and unit test.

*ques champion song*

By the time you look up you will have successfully pre-planned an entire six weeks or nine weeks.

I have included a download of this post; please feel free to save, print, and pass on to a fellow educator.

PLAN TO EXECUTE (Lesson Planning)

For more assistance, email me or use the contact form; I will be more than blessed to help you.

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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