Effective Lesson Plans (CTE1202)Export this event to calendar

Monday, January 21, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Location: MC 2036
Facilitator: Nickolas Rollick (CTE) and Faith Anne Wagler (CTE)

Workshop description

Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. Together, we’ll analyse examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

Pre-workshop activity

  1. Choose a straightforward topic (foundational concept or skill) from an introductory course in your field that can be taught in a 15 minute lesson. Your topic should be aimed at a novice learner in your field.
  2. Write the main learning goal for your lesson (Start with: “By the end of this 15 minute lesson, my students will be able to …”.)
  3. Bring your topic and the main learning goal to the workshop.
  4. Throughout the workshop, we will work together on developing an effective lesson plan for your chosen topic. You may use this lesson plan if you intend to participate in Microteaching Sessions.


  • Registration is required. Difficulty registering? Read the instructions on the Training and Development Registration system home page.
  • Participants will receive an attendance credit toward the Fundamentals program if they arrive on time and stay until the end of the event.
  • To learn more about CTE’s teaching certificate programs, visit our Support for Graduate Students page to learn more.
  • It is strongly recommended that students also complete Teaching Methods (CTE217) before starting microteaching sessions.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email (cte@uwaterloo.ca) or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.

Mathematics & Computer - MC
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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