Why is important to have a plan for my classes?
The main reason why it is crucial to have a lesson plan is the teacher’s confident: that is, this is the best option to feel confident and to be prepared, and only in this case, you will be able to relax into your teacher’s role.
What do I need to consider when writing the plan?
There are ten central points to pay attention at the moment of writing our lesson plan:
- The focus of the lesson: the activities should have a coherent association for children to follow the lesson without difficulty.
- Arise pupils’ interest: start the lesson with an attractive activity for catching their attention and having the topic clear.
- Challenges: every children needs to be challenged, whatever their age or their wishes are, so try to test pupils for them to be motivated and you will assure a successful lesson.
- Review previous lessons: it is essential a revision of the previous activities and thus you will have clear what you need to revise (previous words, work in general) and what you need to include as new concepts.
- Purposes of the lesson: everything you have in your lesson have to be educational; if you do not know the specific purpose of any activity, then exclude it from your plan.
- Vocabulary: it is important to have clear what the words of vocabulary you are going to focus are, and how are you going to explain them.
- Explanation of the activities: a good trick is to revise mentally the activities you have prepared; they have to be short, visual and clear. Outlines are useful when you need to have everything clear.
- Details in the lesson plan: the number of details are based on the example of giving your lesson to other teacher and being able to teach the class with your notes.
- Sequence of the activities: introduce the lesson, give them the new language to work with, and then give children some practise on what you have just explained before. Finally review the lesson and get feedback from pupils.
- Problems: think about any problems that may come up and try to solve them before the class. By doing this, you will avoid last-minute problems and also an unsuccessful lesson.
Additional advices for achieving an effective lesson:
When planning a lesson, there are some extra tips that teachers can find useful, such as: have a lesson template for just printing it; tick the successful activities along the class; have prepared some extra activities just in case children finish earlier than you thought; or plan a series of lessons connected to the same topic and thus having coherence in the course of class.