Importance of Including Assessments in Lesson Planning

Importance of Including Assessments in Lesson Planning
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

After watching this video lesson, you will understand just how important it is to include assessments as part of your lesson planning. Learn why it is crucial to test your students' understanding during the lesson and afterwards.

Lesson Planning

Every great teacher knows the importance of a well-planned lesson. A lesson plan is an important part of achieving a well-planned lesson. A lesson plan tells the teacher how to teach a particular objective. While formal lesson plans are typed and printed on paper, you can have informal lesson plans that you plan out in your head or on any piece of paper that you have.

A lesson plan provides the structure that is needed for students to learn at their best. It ensures that classes have an introduction, a middle where the learning happens, and an end where the newly learned ideas are reviewed. And lesson planning makes it that much easier to teach a class because you, as the teacher, will know exactly what to do and when. In this lesson, we'll talk about lesson plans and how important it is to write effective ones that include assessments.


An assessment is a test for understanding. As a student, you know the formal assessments that are given as tests. Your grade from the test determines how much you have learned. While this is the most well-known way of giving assessments, you as the teacher now actually have more types of assessments that you can use while teaching. You don't have to wait until the end to determine whether your students are learning what you want them to learn.

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