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The inevitable question "What are we doing today?" should only be asked by students. If you find that you are the one asking yourself that question every morning as the tardy bell rings, you need to step up your game. Teachers often complain that students arrive unprepared to class, yet some teachers show up unprepared to class and are shocked when behavior problems arise or students are uninterested in lessons. Planning is the cornerstone of good teaching. Some questions to consider while planning: What concept is the lesson addressing? Is this concept a required part of the curriculum? How will I assess students' understanding of this concept? How will I prepare students to be successful on that assessment? Prepare your students and yourself for success in the classroom by taking the time to plan ahead.