Your Lesson Planning Comment ...
How helpful were the Lesson Planning tips for you? Were the ideas new to you? What did you like, and what will your implement?
Some past comments ...
This is something i recently discovered! As a casual teacher I found it impossible to plan for anything so I had to plan for everything to a certain degree. I was having to develop my knowledge of a huge variety of learning areas so I was prepared. Now that I am able to teach the same class I can prepare but have found myself using what I learnt as a casual in my lesson planning. I often leave part of my lesson open to the direction the students wish to travel to understand the content we are covering. Often getting them to decide on instructional videos or worked examples followed up by either group work or independent tasks. I have found that as long as I achieve the learning goals I'm happy to approach it in different ways. I do find what you have mentioned previously about knowing the content incredibly important when planning and teaching my lessons.
It's smart to give your students some autonomy. Vital, in fact. Well done.
Confidence is key! I feel like I have started developing confidence more in the classroom after I got to know my students and how the school and my classes run. I would like to start indicating to students my intentions and aims more as I agree these need to be communicated to the students so that they can also see where the lesson is going. An aim for this term I would say :)
Re your last sentence Isabella, fantastic!
I have definitely seen the difference that confidence makes even in just in the few pracs and the first year of teaching. My planning has gone from 1-2 hours and 1-2 structured A4 Templates to 15-30 minutes and the 5 lines you get in each period space in a teacher planner. I now focus on using time to create interesting activities or fun demonstrates and practising these to make sure they go off without a hitch. I find I am only communicating the lesson intentions when they are clear but would like to focus on doing this for all lessons, even those that are student-centred.
Confidence is (possibly) 90% of being a quality teacher
I found it helpful to consider communicating my aim/objective to my students and how will I measure this.
The more we can explain to students what we are doing, what the plan is, etc, the better of everyone will be!
I learned that the aim is not to create a thorough lesson plan, but to focus on the actual lesson. In my experience I found creating lesson plans time-consuming and difficult to refer back to during lessons.
Key takeaway: to jot down the main things I aim to teach in the lesson, especially the things I will likely need reminding for.
Well said. That's my idea of logical advice. You need to be prepared Lina, fully prepared, but you need a planning system that works for you and that you CAN refer to during a lesson!