June 29th 2010 archive

PLANNING A LESSON OR ORGANISING YOURSELF

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 When I read Emma Herrod’s post on planning a lesson, I started thinking about my own style. Emma’s post asks a lot of useful question to the teacher and there are wonderful contributions to the post in the comments sections. I really do agree with most of them and I had some more ideas how to organize myself while reading those contributions.

Now let me tell what I can advise the teachers ‘in their first three years’ as Emma asked.

Planning yourself and your time should be a must but I’m sure you will soon apply your own planning method. In the first years of my teaching, I also wrote everything on my lesson plans but soon I learned how to organize myself.

  • Routines are important so have a routine.
  • Start each lesson with a fun activity, preferably related with the thing you are about to do.
  • Finish your lessons before the bell and have a few seconds to unwind with your students.
  • Spend some time with the homework you have given, otherwise; they will stop doing them.

I tend to plan my lessons weekly but sometimes I act according to a flow. I can change my plans even in the lesson when something interesting comes to my mind.

Unfortunately I can’t write my lesson plans on computer as I need a pen to hold while thinking or brainstorming so I have notebooks where I write my routes of that week and I keep post-it notes in my pencil case to add an idea when it comes so the course book I use is usually full of sticky-notes.

However, one fine summer, years ago I sat and filed all the exercises I wrote on my computer so I have tense files, activity files, relative clause files with some teaching ideas on my computer.

This year I bookmarked so many great ideas and links on delicious and it helped me a lot before planning my lessons.

For more ideas on planning your TEFL life you can read the followings: