5 Easy Tips for Making Lesson Plans Great
Teachers come in all shapes and sizes, and the methods they use vary greatly. There are some that plan meticulously, and others that prefer to fly by the seat of their pants. I believe that a mixture of both is the best way to a smooth, stress-free lesson. Here are a few tips:
A good lesson plan should flow like a good essay, with an introduction, body and conclusion. For example, when teaching language, I choose a certain grammar point to cover in the lesson. In the introduction, I brainstorm what the students may already know on the topic. In the body, we cover the key points, and reinforce ideas with some fun activities. Finally, we round off the lesson with a recap of everything learned.
Make a basic outline, including ideas for activities for practicing the target language. By having these notes, you will find that you feel more confident, and have something to refer back to when you get side tracked. It is important to be able to be spontaneous in the classroom, but having a plan makes sure that you, and your students, stay focused.
Prepare a variety of activities. It is worth having a few different types of activities up your sleeve, ranging from written, listening and spoken exercises. Focus of the students. Let them do the talking. When learning a language, students learn best by practicing and so do not preach, let them learn by using language themselves.
Make it fun. Students are more responsive when they are enjoying themselves. Use activities such as role play where each student takes on a character in a scenario. They write the dialogue, using the target language, and then perform in front of the class. The students generally enjoy this kind of activity.
Take Notes. Be attentive and take note of what type of activities the students respond well to. This will help you plan for future classes.
Written by Mary Tyas of Babbling Ink