The best approach to teaching does not just happen by accident; some of the best educators are so good at what they do because they have mastered the art of effective planning. Achieving success in teaching requires commitment, practice and impeccable planning, especially when it comes to organising lessons and classroom activities. Planning lessons is a fundamental skill that all teachers should strive to develop and the ability to create a robust and effectual lesson plan is a core part of the overall learning process.
Ideally, grade lesson plans should be orderly and sensible, but with enough room to include spontaneity and creativity. Anyone who has had to sit through a lesson plan that was rigid and tight, with absolutely no deviation from the tasks at hand, will know that this is a thoroughly unpleasant way to learn. Letting your students breathe a little is important in helping them learn and remember.