Teaching Bridge – Lesson Plan and Resources

Note: Eventually (maybe by June), I hope to offer the resources for all the lessons.
For now, here is an outline of my curriculum for a beginner bridge course with a description of my teaching methodology:

Beginner Bridge Course and Teaching Methods

Here is a detailed description of my lesson plan for Lesson 1:

Lesson 1 – Detailed Lesson Plan

Here is a brief summary of my first lesson with links to handouts:
(Click on each link to access them, download and print.)

1. I review “Starting the Game – Bidding and Playing“. As part of that, I use Bidding Hands for Sample Games #1 and #2 (below) so they can see all the hands. These sample hands are shown and are to be printed in a size that is suitable for students to hold in their hands, as they would real cards (print using landscape orientation):

Lesson 1 – Bidding Hands for Sample Games #1 and #2

Then the students play the hands using the duplicate board (or deck of cards) which I have prepared.

2. I review Teaching Points for Bridge Hands (#1-#4) with the class.
Lesson 1 – Teaching Points for Bidding Hands

3. I use Bridge Hands #1-#24 which have been printed, cut out and one set ready for each table. These hands can also be “pasted” into a PowerPoint slide show. There are other creative ways these bidding hands can be used. (E.g., print a copy for each student without cutting them out.)
Lesson 1 – Bidding Hands 1-24

4. After students finish bidding the first hand, I check their bids and explain the application of the rules and how to start “thinking like a bridge player” when analyzing the hands. 
Lesson 1 – Answers and Analysis of Bidding Hands

5. They put those bids away and continue with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th hands. I check the bidding after each.

6. I review Teaching Points for Bridge Hands (#5-#8) with the class; students bid the next 4 hands, and so on.

7. Usually, I get through about half of the bidding hands. By that time, they have tried to absorb enough information and they have a start on how to open the bidding with 1 of a suit and respond.

8. Before the next lesson, students should read the notes and look at the examples from Lesson #1. They should do the quiz on the website and check their answers. They should bid and play the Practice Games for Lesson #1. (They must find their own time between lessons to do that.) This reinforces what was taught in the classroom and gives them time to work through the lesson on their own.

9. At the beginning of the 2nd lesson, I review the bidding hands from Lesson #1 and finish all 24.  Then I start with Lesson #2. I have 24 bidding hands set up for Lesson #2 also, and I will get through about 8 of them. The rest will be used at the beginning of the 3rd lesson.