Writing a training session or lesson plan – templates

One of the challenges for a new trainer is the development of a lesson or session plan for a training course or module.

The reason this is such a challenge are often simple – tutors do not provide a sample template or format to copy, saying that it is the trainer or teachers choice, however when you are learning this is more of a barrier than an enabler of choice to style. In addition, with the increasing trend of organizations delivering training internally, it is important that they have a standard approach to session plan development for consistency and contingency in the event of sickness or staff losses.

Below are a number of templates that could be used – each has their own advantages and disadvantages – use the one that is right for you. Any document is better than none – however if in an organisation it makes sense to have a consistent format.
When writing a lesson or session plans, consider the following factors:

 

· Assessing Needs
· Writing Learning Objectives
· Measuring success (evaluation)
· Outlining Content
· Selecting Methods and Media
· Writing the Lesson Plan

Once the information has been collected, the development of the lesson plan can begin in
a sequential, logical manner.

 
·
Use a lesson plan format (see templates below)
·
Consider TIME per topic, activity, exercise, etc.
·
Include selected MEDIA in the body of the lesson plan
·
Explain how to deliver and process discussions, lectures, activities, etc.
·
Notate key points or directives to the right of the lesson plan
·
Use simple, straightforward language

 Note an effective lesson plan should be able to be used by any trainer familiar with the material (i.e occupationally
competent)

Below are a number of training lesson or session plan templates that you may consider. feel free to
change and adapt to meet your needs.



Typical cover page of a course or lesson plan


Course title
:

 


Session or lesson title
:

 


Lesson objective
:

 

Learning
outcomes
:

·

·

·


Evaluation measures:

·

·

·


Trainer or Facilitator

 


Duration
:

 

Equipment:

 

Material
& resources:

 

Pre-reading
preparation:

 

Content template:



TIME





Aid/ reference

 


INTRODUCTION

 

9.00

Introduce facilitators
- name and background

Q. Who are you?

· name

· location

· current role

· hope to achieve

Ice breaker activity

Course objectives

Session objectives


Participant Manual



Name cards



PM page 3


PM page 5

 


TOPIC 1

 

9.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.30

 


Heading 1

Subheading 1


·
Point 1

- Sub-point 1
-
Sub-point 2


·
Point 2

- Sub-point 1


·
Point 3

- Sub-point 1

- Sub-point 2

Subheading 2

· Point 1

- Sub-point 1


Heading 2

Subheading 1


·
Point 1

Sub-point 1
-
Sub-point 2

 

 

 

 

·

- Sub-point 1

Point 2

 

 

 

Subheading 2


·
Point 1


-
Sub-point 1


-
Sub-point 2


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SL
1

 

 


SL
2

 

 

 

 

 

 


SL
3

 

 


Handout 1

 


TOPIC 2

 

10.00


Heading 1

Subheading 1


·
Point 1


Participant Manual


Page 15

 


Break

 

 


TOPIC 3

 

10.20


Heading 1

Subheading 1


·
Point 1

- Sub-point 1

 

 


TOPIC 4

 

10.50


Heading 1

Subheading 1


·
Point 1


·
Point 2

 

 


BREAK

 

 


TOPIC 5

 

11.00


Heading 1

Subheading 1


·
Point 1


-
Sub-point 1


·
Point 2

 

 


Summary and close

 

11.15


Review Topics


·
Point 1


-
Sub-point 1


·
Point 2


Poster – Mind map



A simple lesson/ session plan template format:



Training Session Agenda


Title of Session:
 


Date of delivery: 
 
Time Topic Details Resources
       
       
       



A more comprehensive training session plan template

Organization name training session plan

Title: ________

Subject: _________

Lesson/ Session title: Trainer/ Facilitator: Date:
Time: Duration: Number of learners/ participants:
Aims: Objectives: Prior knowledge:


Time:


Subject Matter:


Trainer/ facilitator Activities:


Learner’s Activities:

10.00


10.30
11.00 11.30 11.50

 

12.00


Introductions
Overview of… More about…..


VE (verbal exposition)



VE, Q & A,



Tell students about objectives



Ask the following



Questions




Tell them the story is about…






Go around the tables assist group activity


Listen

Q & A

(question & answer)


Listening


Q & A


Taking notes



participants in small groups





Group work activity




Put the students into small discussion groups and using the following
questions they discuss

 



Reading activity
Class/small group activity


Students should look for the following answers
 
 
 
 
 

 

There are many ways to format a session or lesson plan – these are just a few ideas. If you have a favourite format please
email it to us and we will include it here.

Other labels for lesson plan include:

curriculum, syllabus etc..

 


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Mike Morrison is a consultant and change agent specialising in developing skills in senior people to increase organizational performance.
Mike is also founder & director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy.

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