5. Planning and preparing lessons to include all pupils

At the end of this chapter you will be able to…

  • set out clear and achievable objectives for the inclusion of all
  • break down the objectives and the lesson plan into progressive and feasible steps to facilitate progress and learning
  • use activities providing different sensory approaches and outcomes
  • select, develop and use a wide range of resources to meet the various needs of all
  • understand the meaning of differentiated pedagogy and which elements of the preparation and the lesson can be tailored to meet the needs of all pupils.

Lesson planning is a crucial activity to prepare for the inclusion of all children in the teaching–learning process. It is during the lesson planning that teachers lay the foundation for allowing everyone to have access to the necessary skills, knowledge and know-how. It will also facilitate opportunities for participative learning and classroom life. Everyone will have the chance to progress and succeed. It’s during that time that teachers will reflect on the means required to provide support to everyone.

Activity 20: Lesson planning form

This activity will allow teachers to start developing a tool that will support them on planning inclusive lessons.

  • Download the key resource ‘Planning and preparing your lessons [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ’ from the TESSA website.
  • Read it, list the points that are important to you and create a lesson planning sheet that will help you prepare daily.

If possible, share and compare your ideas with a colleague.

Save the form that you create: you will need it in Activity 28, which you will do at the end of the chapter.

4.5 Use of one’s mother tongue

5.1 Differentiated goals