Step 6 For Lesson Planning Anything: Reflection on Lesson

We did it. We taught our lesson. Students were engaged and the left knowing exactly what we learned that day. We hit our 80% mastery target, so tomorrow we’re moving on to our next topic.

There’s one final step that is easy to skip. And honestly, if you know you’re only going to be there for a year, you can skip. But, especially if you end up teaching the same lesson again, it’s very helpful. It involves thinking about what you just did in order to improve the lesson for next time.

If you had a good lesson, take 2 minutes and make it great when you do it next time

If you had a good lesson, take 2 minutes and make it great when you do it next time

Step 6: Reflection on Lesson

  • Changes:

    What would you change if teaching the lesson to a new group of students?

  • + / -

    What went well? What didn’t go well?

  • Percent of Mastery

    What % of class “passed” the assessment? Who do you need to follow-up with next time?


We’re going to use my dad’s lesson described in How to Teach Anything to give examples of this step. This was my dad’s reflection:


Step 6: Reflection on Lesson

  • Changes:

    Need to purchase more equipment

  • + / -

    + Student understood lesson, needed less guided practice than I thought.

    - Was not interested as much as I thought he would be in YouTube videos

  • Percent of Mastery

    100% (1/1 students); Follow-up: student needs to continue practicing hitting 10 min/day

How do you reflect on your lessons? Do you have a Google Form you like or a particular method? Sticky notes on a printed lesson plan? Insert a comment in a Google Doc?