• Champion Teachers Spend a Significant amount of time planning lessons which focus on the mastery of measurable skills. 
  • It is impossible to be a high level or even average teacher without effective lesson planning
  • At Tim Morehouse Fencing Club, we are aiming to build a staff with exceptional teaching skills and that starts with planning and preparation. 
  • The most effective lesson plans build towards a "vision" of where students will be "with the end in mind". i.e. where do we want our students to be at the end of their development? 
  • That is why we use the phrase "champions habits" at our club. It is not our goal to build tricks to win matches in Y10, 12 etc. but to build universal skills and habits that will allow our students to achieve as far as their hard work and dedication will take them. 

Article on Planning and Preparation:

Lesson Plans and Unit Plans

1. Creating a lesson plan: A lesson plan is an overview of what will be covered during a particular class. 

An effective lesson plan starts with having clear and measurable objectives to achieve and always includes assessment to measure if those skills have been effectively taught.

The more detail oriented the vision of the class, the more successful it will be. What does your class look like, feels like and sound like? 

An Effective Lesson Plan Includes...

  • Clear Objective. What exactly do you want your students to be able to do by the end of the lesson? ...
  • Set the Stage. ...
  • Direct Instruction. ...
  • Guided Practice. ...
  • Closure. ...
  • Demonstration of Learning (D.O.L.)

Article on Elements of an Effective Lesson Plan:

Questions to Consider:
1. How much planning are you currently doing before you teach a class? 

2. Do you have clear objectives? A common mistake of teachers is planning around "activities" versus "measurable goals". Activities are meant to teach an objective. They are not a means until themselves.

3. How do you currently assess the success of the classes you are teaching?