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Supporting initial and early career teachers’ lesson planning through research

Written by: Cara Carey
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Cara Carey, Development Lead, Teach First, UK We are in the fortunate position of having a huge wealth of research around elements of great teaching. There are new books about teaching constantly being released, which is very exciting. This, however, means that it can be hard to keep track of current advice and filter the research down to make it relevant to day-to-day planning, particularly for beginner and early career teachers. The research and template in Figure 1 attempt to condense some key pieces of research to keep in mind when planning a lesson. Lesson structure While there is no formula to a perfect lesson, having the same format to your lessons can help to reduce cognitive load, as students know what to expect. Allison and Tharby (2015) and Rosenshine (2012) recommend that lessons include explanations, modelling and practice. To engage and settle the learners, a ‘starter’ activity is useful at the beginning and, as a final check for understanding, a ‘plenary’ is a

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