: Shibe Rimo is looking forward to the month-end. For the first time, the head of department of BBA would be reviewing the lesson plan prepared by her colleagues through an online tool. It means a lot.

Teachers would not have to feel the stress of writing it down neatly on long notebooks. “I don't have to stay back in college to finish my lesson plan either. The systematic planning of subjects weekly and monthly is sure to help us all translate it better in the classroom,” says Ms. Rimo, a faculty of Nazareth College of Arts and Science.

Whether in school or college, lesson plan continues to be an important tool for any teacher to present a topic more meaningfully and successfully in the classroom.

It has also evolved over the years – some institutions have made it online, some require that teachers submit them to the head of the department/principal on a monthly basis or a weekly report. Explaining how lesson plans have evolved, Geeta Subramanian, former teacher with DAV Higher Secondary School, Mogappair, says today emphasis is on adopting an activity-oriented methodology. “When I write my lesson plan, I need to say how I would make a topic interactive – through a skit, chart papers, etc,” she says.

Teachers are required to research online and browse through books to prepare a good lesson plan. School heads say a good lesson plan should be written neatly, presented well and have clear objectives and evaluation method outlined. But, it is not an easy job for teachers to churn out lesson plan for a class yearly. The content from the previous years should not be copied.

“To encourage teachers who have taken the extra effort to find new objectives every year, I have a “watch register” where teachers are given a “star” signifying good work. Some of their work also gets mentioned in the staff meeting,” says Kannaki Prabakaran, HM, Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model HS School, T.Nagar.

Lesson plans have evolved majorly over the years