Lesson Planning for Learning


Education is about learning – not teaching. While most teachers pay lip service to this principle, few actually take it seriously in the way they teach. Even fewer consider what kind of learning is appropriate and how the right kind of learning can be nurtured and developed. For ministerial formation, the real learning is not what is remembered at the end of a course, but what is remembered five or ten years after taking the course, and even more what shapes in the long term the character and actions of the learner. In this short course, you will be introduced to the concept of “deep learning,” which is learning that lasts and impacts life. You will then be guided through applying fundamental principles of deep learning in planning and delivering lessons.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate progress in developing a passion for educational practices that promote learning – and not merely teacher-centered delivery, understanding of key practices that contribute to deep and lasting learning and planning, structuring, and delivering a lesson that is designed to nurture genuine long-term learning.  

Course content
  • Chapters 1-2 will deal with deep learning, introducing Atkinson and Shiffrin’s (1968) widely used model of memory and some of the associated research. In the process, you will be presented with the notion of the “big ideas.” When the student considers the material to have significance for life, it is likely that deep learning will take place.
  • Chapters 3-5 will deal with lesson planning. Here you will be asked to think of what it means to apply principles of deep learning to classroom teaching. This will entail the development of a clear purpose statement, a main point, and a psychological ordering to a lesson, with a special focus on moving beyond knowledge to meaningful application.


This course is authored by Dr Perry Shaw. Perry has had a long-term passion to see theological schools create and implement multidimensional purpose-driven curricula that promote the development of missional leadership. His areas of expertise include theological perspectives on theological education, curriculum development, teaching methodology, and educational psychology. He is the author of Transforming Theological Education

Delivery mode

This is a self-paced online course.


10 hours of learning (online work and project)

ICETE Academy points

10 points

Completion requirements

You will need to complete the learning sections, produce a lesson plan, and pass a quiz.

Course enrolment key


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