A lesson is a structured period of time where learning is intended to occur. It involves one or more students (also called pupils or learners in some circumstances) being taught by a teacher or instructor. A lesson may be either one section of a textbook (which, apart from the printed page, can also include multimedia) or, more frequently, a short period of time during which learners are taught about a particular subject or taught how to perform a particular activity. Lessons are generally taught in a classroom but may instead take place in a situated learning environment.
In a wider sense, a lesson is an insight gained by a learner into previously unfamiliar subject-matter. Such a lesson can be either planned or accidental, enjoyable or painful. The colloquial phrase "to teach someone a lesson", means to punish or scold a person for a mistake they have made in order to ensure that they do not make the same mistake again.
Lessons can also be made entertaining. When the term education is combined with entertainment, the term edutainment is coined.
Famous quotes containing the word lesson:
“It is the last lesson of modern science, that the highest simplicity of structure is produced, not by few elements, but by the highest complexity.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“You shall learn, though late, the lesson of how to be discreet.”
—Aeschylus (525456 B.C.)
“In vain thou kindlest all thy smoky fire,
For virtue hath this better lesson taught,
Within myself to seek my only hire,
Desiring nought but how to kill desire.”
—Sir Philip Sidney (15541586)