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Whether you are just starting out as a teacher or have been teaching for years, you need to have a good lesson plan to teach your class well – you cannot step into a class without a plan. Here are some tips on how to make a good lesson plan:
• Your lesson plan should fit onto just one sheet of paper
so that you can follow it easily. This is just the basic outline
of your lesson plan – details of activities or whatnot can
be on separate pieces of paper.
• If you want, you can have the highlights from the previous lesson plan and the subsequent lesson plans also in front of you so that you can have a good overview of your lesson plans as a whole.
• You really want to make sure that your lesson plan is very understandable. This way, if you need to have a substitute teacher, the substitute teacher can easily follow your lesson plan.
• Make sure that your lesson plan really fits both the lessons that you want to teach and the audience that you plan on teaching them to.
• Your lesson plan should have a good introduction, a variety of educational and fun activities, and ways to specially relate to the students themselves (not just the class as a whole).
• Include a summary and review of what has been taught in your lesson plan.
• Make sure that you think of how much time your lesson plan will take and know which activities you can remove or add on to fit into the time allotment.
• Finally, know that you do not have to stick to your plan. If you find that students are really involved in one activity – let them continue on with that activity. Or if students really do not relate to another activity, cut it short. Or if one student asks a question and it takes the rest of the class to answer it – go for it, if the answer is a good one. Be flexible.
If you have trouble coming up with a lesson plan of your own, there are many teaching resources on the internet that have excellent lesson plans from which you can draw information and activities and other ideas. If you are worried about your lesson plan, have a peer take a look at it and give you criticism – it is better to hear the criticism before you try to use your lesson plan rather than receiving criticism from the students as you use your lesson plan.
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