CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS: RESOLVING THE LESSON PLAN/NOTE CONTROVERSY IN LESSON PREPARATION
Okwuedei, C. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The aphorism that "the secret to success in any endeavour is planning" cannot be disputed in teaching. Teachers should therefore, endeavour to address a huge range of issues as they go out to prepare their lessons. This is because planning for presentation is a sine qua non for good teaching. In response to these ideals, the paper gave conceptual clarifications of the terms curriculum and curriculum implementation. It also aimed at resolving the purported confusion and controversy over the unfortunate problem of the "how" of planning by clarifying the differences between the lesson plan and lesson note and justified why both terms should be used synonymously. The study revealed that lesson plan is derived from a teaching unit or scheme of work that extends over one single lesson. The lesson note, in specific terms, is a plan for teaching a single class period. It also disclosed that the essential features of a good lesson plan/note are the same. Therefore,workshops and seminars should be organized for teachers, especially newly recruited teachers, to sensitize them on the daily teaching plan in their planning endeavours.