Difference between a Lesson Plan and Lesson Note

To understand the difference between a lesson plan and a lesson note, we will have to define what a lesson plan is, and what a Lesson note is also.

A lesson plan is a teacher’s detailed description of the course of instruction or “learning trajectory” for a lesson. A daily lesson plan is developed by a teacher to guide class learning. Details will vary depending on the preference of the teacher, subject being covered, and the needs of the students.

A lesson note is the best tool for documenting the flow of a lesson and its impact on students. Lesson Notes lets you jot handwritten notes about what is being said and what students are doing.

Difference between a Lesson Plan and Lesson Note





Lesson plan is identified by Nigeria Educational Research Council (1981) Offorma (1994) etc

Lesson note is the note or summary of lesson or hint or point that is given to the student to copy in their notebooks at the end of the lesson.


Lesson plan is the final stage in curriculum implementation.

Lesson note describes what should be taught or learned in one lesson period.


It maps out teaching strategies and actual learning outcomes.

It is a description of an acidity to be carried out within a time frame.


It is an indicator of a teacher’s preparedness to teach a topic

It is a framework of the activities of the teacher and the pupils during the lesson.


Lesson plan is written daily on subject basis drawn from topics in the scheme and record of work.


It is a systematic design of instruction for a single unit of the lesson.


It is used to describe the plan of activities of the teacher and the students for a single lesson.


Lesson plan is an indispensable tool and document in a goal-oriented teachers hand.


Lesson plans are evaluated at the end of each lesson per day.


Lesson plan is made up of three bodies: preliminary, intermediary and lesson movement.






It aids the memory of the teachers during the lesson.

They provide a very useful record of what has been taught and learned.


It really prepares the teacher for the next day’s job.

They serve as a reminder on any stage in the teaching process.


Lesson plan boasts teacher’s confidence.

Lesson note provides direction for reliever or successor in cases of teachers absence without interruption to children learning and so on.


It must be said as we conclude that the line that divided lesson plan and lesson note is a thin one. There are many things that unite them than those that divide them. Some people refer to lesson plan as lesson note.


Federal Ministry of Education (2004) National Policy on Education Lagos NERDC.

Achuonye, K.A (2007) Micro-teaching: A practice on Teaching skills; Port Harcourt; Pearl Publishers.

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