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As we all know, lesson planning is part and parcel of teaching and learning. As teachers, planning a lesson prior to conducting a lesson is essential to making a lesson successful. There are many reasons why lesson planning is crucial to conducting a good lesson. One of the most important reason why teachers need to plan a lesson is that it will help make the conduct of a lesson smoother and effective for both the teacher and the students. Having a lesson planned, a teacher will be more confident when carrying out activities as they know that they are prepared. Rather than frantically searching for ideas on how to teach "on-the-go", teachers will be able to carry out "pre-planned" activities which have been designed to cater to the learning needs of the students. Besides that, in the situation where the teacher suddenly forgets what to do in the midst of a lesson (due to various factors), the lesson plan will serve as reference for teachers to carry out the activities as planned. Next, the ethnic diversity in schools is also rising as we move into the era of globalization. More and more people from rural areas have realized the importance of education. Thus, the learning capacity of each student varies from one another. Lesson planning can help minimize this understanding gap when done correctly. When a lesson is effectively planned, teachers can ensure that every student is "on the same page" and that nobody is left behind. Teachers can conduct lessons knowing full-well that no student is deprived of the edcuation they deserve. Also, by having a lesson plan, a teacher will also become more organized and systematic. Through carefully planning a lesson, a teacher will be able to design lessons that specifically cater to the learning needs of students. Each class of students have different learning needs. Thus, it is up to the teacher to meticulously plan each lesson that progressively tackles the difficulties faced by his or her students throughout the semester. An added bonus of being a systematic and organized teacher is that it can inspire students to be responsible and organized too. As students look up to the good qualities presented by their teacher inside and outside the classrooms, students would aspire to become better persons, cultivate and apply the good values in their daily lives too. Moreover, by planning a lesson prior to teaching, a teacher will also be able to manage their teaching time well. As teachers, time management has been and will always be a crucial part of teaching. Having a well-planned lesson will help make the conduct of activities much more effective. This will in turn help the teacher saves time and avoid time-wasting in between activities. Apart from that, having a lesson plan can also help weaker students to improve. The most common mistake made by teachers who do not have lesson plans is that they will either omit or repeat topics which have been taught previously. With lesson plans, a teacher can avoid this from happening as the students' progress and topics taught are recorded in writing. During a semester, a teacher will be able to review the previous lesson plans and make adjustments to his or her future teaching plans according to the lesson objectives and students' learning needs. At the end of a semester, the teacher will also be able to reflect on the achievement of the lesson objectives and plan activities for the coming semester. Other than that, lesson plans not only benefits the teachers, but also the students. Although carrying out a lesson without prior planning can be fun (at times) and challenging, having a lesson planned out before being carried out can give confidence to both the teacher and the students. The teacher will feel "confident" that everything is "according to plan" and is able to carry out the lesson smoothly while students will be "confident" that the teacher "came prepared" and that they are "getting a high-quality education", thus benefiting both parties and making the lesson a more enjoyable one. In conclusion, a lesson plan is an essential part of the teaching and learning process. Although it may not necessarily contain all the parts of a lesson, it serves as an assurance to both teachers and students that lessons are carried out in an orderly fashion which caters to the students' learning needs.