LESSON PLAN: AVOID STRESS ‘WRITE’ NOW

8 May

 

    “I wish I could beat the persons who invented lesson plan

This facebook status from my friend Georgia  Dockery drew quite a few humorous comments- even from me.  It confirmed something I have always known- MOST TEACHERS DO NOT LIKE TO WRITE LESSON PLANS.  I may be chastised for the next point but it is a reality. Most teachers do not like to write lesson plans because they are unable to do it properly.  ( this is by no means throwing words at you Georgia) And you may wonder how is it that a teacher is unable to write lesson plans after spending years in training. The other reality is that some persons do not know how to effectively teach another how to write lesson plans.  Being able to write one, does not mean you can teach someone how to.   The lesson is a classroom bible and it is quite unfortunate that some teachers haven’t mastered how to effectively write their own bible.

Use your head and plan ahead for the little heads

Why should I write lesson plans?

Consider this Scenario:

Martha discovered a broken pipe in her bathroom.  She called the plumbing company who immediately sends someone over.  Martha was pleased with the prompt response. She then discovered, that the plumber was not equipped to do the task as he did not have all the tools he needed in his tool bag.  

Question: if you were Martha, what would you do?

Let us look at possible outcomes of this situation:

  1. He might not be able to complete the job
  2. He may complete the job but  the quality of work may be poor
  3. He may complete the job but with a great degree of difficulty

On the other hand, if he had his tools, then he would complete the job and with less difficulty. The quality of work will no doubt be better.

Equate lesson planning to above scenario. If you plan your lessons properly then you will eliminate some daily classroom challenges.

  1. Reduce disciplinary challenges. If you plan your lesson to engage all your students then you will realize that you have better classroom control.
  2. Improve classroom climate. Plan your lessons for YOUR environment. it therefore means, all your students are NOT the same so the execution of your lesson will vary. It means you MUST know your students to do this.
  3. Avoid ramble: Somme teachers struggle to execute a lesson for 90minutes.  That is because he/she did not plan for the time allotted so there is a struggle to find activities
  4. Avoid boredom.  When you take time to plan your lessons,  you are better able to find creative approach and activities to impart your lessons.

How to write lesson plan?

There are some basic steps to writing a lesson plans;

  1. Ask yourself:  what am I going to teach? (topic)
  2. What is it about this topic am I going to teach? (focus question)
  3. Once you identify what is to be taught, ask yourself: what do I want to achieve by teaching this topic? (objective)
  4. Then you ask yourself: how am I going to teach this topic to ensure I achieve my objective? (methodology)
  5. What step by step activities can I do to keep my lesson focused? (procedure)
  6. Of course, you will need to hear from the students so you ask: how do I know if or how much my students have learnt? (assessment)
  7. As any good teacher, you will want to know how your class went overall so you will do a flashback and replay you enter lesson execution in your mind paying attention to details (evaluation)

So you see, easy does it!  Follow these basic steps and you cannot go wrong.  If you do this, you will have healthier classroom and a healthier you. SO PLAN YOUR LESSONS AND AVOID STRESS ‘WRITE’ NOW.

Some persons may have the responses to these questions in their heads and may find it challenging to articulate this on paper.  Do not worry, that is why Rainereid Educators’ Block is here.

For further details or instructions on how to articulate these responses in writing effectively, contact me at rainereid@gmail.com

* Image taken from google pictures

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