Lesson stage

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A lesson stage is a specific interval of time within a lesson; that is dedicated to specific types of activities. While lesson planning, some teachers split their lessons up into lesson stages to help with classroom management, time management or learning itself.

Lesson Planning Paradigms[edit | edit source]

Typically, when a lesson plan is split up into lesson stages, the lesson follows a lesson planning paradigm. There are various paradigms that are commonly used. Some teachers[1] follow a general paradigm that’s flexible enough to incorporate most other paradigms; known as the warmer-body-plenary paradigm.

Warmer-Body-Plenary Paradigm[edit | edit source]

The warmer-body-plenary paradigm consists of 3 lesson stages. Those are:

  • Warmer stage - the beginning of the lesson, when students are arriving and settling into the lesson. Usual activities include icebreakers, attention grabbers and recapping activities. Often 5-10 minutes long.
  • Body stage - the main part of the lesson, for activities that fulfill lesson aims. The types of activities used during the body stage depends upon a more specific lesson planning paradigm.
  • Plenary stage - the end of the lesson when students have developed ideas, skills, experiences, beliefs and/or understanding. Usual activities include consolidation, reward, reflection and feedback activities. Often 5-10 minutes long.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Michael Papworth, Every Minute Counts; p.52