The Perfect Lesson Plan for an Effective Classroom Routine
It has often been said that ships cannot navigate at nights without a lighthouse; In the same way, an instructor of learning will find it difficult to operate without a lesson plan. The lesson plan can be described as the teachers' GPS. What then is a lesson plan? The lesson plan is a useful or structured guide that outlines a step by step approach of delivering a subject matter or content. A lesson plan is made up of some key components like objectives, procedures, and assessments. The actual process of writing the plan is lesson planning. Lesson planning plays a crucial role in the teaching-learning situation.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Bevan S. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Why do we need to plan?
it is very important for an instructor to learning to be aware of lesson planning. Educators are of the view that lesson planning forms the framework for learning. What happens in learning is dependent on the planning of the lesson. The lesson plan forms the foundation of learning. Everything in a lesson must be a reflection of the lesson plan.
Similarly, lesson planning offers stability for both the teacher and the student. With a lesson plan in hand, the teacher is least likely to divert from the topic. It also helps the teacher to maintain a standard teaching pattern. Lesson planning also offers a sense of control and direction. The teacher who is operating without a lesson plan can have problems getting a lesson to flow consistently. When this happens the teacher can become very jittery. This will affect his or her implementation of the lesson and class control, Students can use times like these to become disruptive. Hence we see why lesson planning is important.
In addition to this, a teacher who develops the habit of composing lesson plans can overcome hi or her nervousness and insecurity. It also promotes a healthy learning environment. The teacher can manage his or her time well. The constant practice will help the teacher to become more aware of the students. The students will be given an assessment task and the teacher can see how well they manage and use it to guide future planning. Lesson planning can also contribute to individual professional development.
Writing a lesson plan on the teacher's part shows preparedness. It helps the teacher to have a sense of pride and joy knowing that he or she has satisfied the requirements of their job. This can be a source of inspiration for the teacher. The demonstration of this type of attitude will also impact on the children. This can boost children's behavior. Sooner or later they will want to emulate their teacher. Students will also start to believe in their teacher and have confidence in him or her.
Lesson planning is a vital and valuable record. It offers support and shows continuity. For example, if the class teacher is absent the substitute teacher should be able to teach the class following the lesson plan. Having a lesson plan can also offer guidance as to where to begin or end a lesson or topic. Likewise, lesson planning can also serve as a historical record. Lessons plans can also serve as a checklist, it can help the teacher to decide which areas were covered, the lesson plan can help the teacher to avoid omission and repetition. It is a record that a teacher can always refer back to.
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Educators are of the view that writing or working with a lesson plan saves time. A teacher does not have to spend time reading or working in a book from cover to cover. Therefore we see that lesson planning is that compass that an educator should always have. As tools are vital to a workman so is the lesson plan to the teacher. Consistent writing of lesson plans can also provide an additional career path for the teacher. The teacher can become a resource person and also writes lesson plans for institutions or organizations.
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Teachers should be encouraged to get involved in lesson planning. Weak teachers should be given support while on the other hand those who do well should be awarded. Teachers who consistently failed to write the lesson plans should be called before disciplinary committees. Lesson planning is important.
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