Writing a session plan
Running an event can be quite daunting whether it’s a workshop lasting a few hours or just a brief talk. Preparing for this and writing a session plan will help you to manage your activity and give you confidence for its delivery.
Effective facilitators will:
- plan the event/activity
- procure the resources they need
- list the procedure they are going to follow for their activity
- and prepare for potential pitfalls and problems.
You can achieve all of these by writing a session plan.
This can be short and simple, or very detailed – whatever suits you. There is no right or wrong way to produce a plan: it needs to be something that will help you to get ready to deliver your session and guide you during the activity.
As a minimum you will probably want a plan that sets out:
- The aim of the activity (what you want students to know, think or feel after your session)
- What steps you and the students will go through during the session
- How long each of these steps will take
- The resources you need at each step along the way
- Any concerns or risks involved in the session and how these will be reduced.
- If you already have experience in writing session plans or delivering practical activities you might want to write a more detailed plan that also covers:
- How you will check whether students have taken in the information
- Evaluation plans
- Links from the activity to the curriculum
- Ways you will ensure inclusivity, address unconscious bias
- Follow on activities.
A simple session plan template can be downloaded here.