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:
“Failing to plan is planning to fail”? by Emma Herrod (great ideas on the comments)
Powerpointing My Office by Kareene Sylvester
Let’s rock our classrooms a lesson plan as a result of a sudden flow