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2. The importance of planning and class preparation

For the second part of this blog we thought is right to discuss planning strategies and class preparation. As teachers we often ask ourselves the same questions, how long should I spend on planning? And more often nowadays we tend to thing of ways to save time. Are my classes interesting and capturing the attention of all my students? We will discuss the benefits of investing time in doing these things, both for you as the Teacher and for your students.

planning refers to the process with which a Teacher organises themself to make sure that their teaching completes various necessities such as clear learning objectives, engaging activities that are effective and varied and also, that learning has a clear and easy to manage progression. What I feel is the most important issue for new teachers to overcome is finding a way of doing this that is easy to use, understandable to others and time effective (the last thing you need is to be spending your whole weekend working). Take a look at the planning link to find easy to use strategies.

class preparation just means that you must show clearly that you have prepared your classes well, with reference to resources, activities and content. If a Teacher clearly demonstrates that they know what they are doing, are enthusiastic about the contend and the class has a good pace due to the time they have spent preparing it, classes will run much more smoothly and they will be more enjoyable. I personally recommend having specific daily or better lesson by lesson plans that are easy to follow and communicated with learners so that they can follow the class with ease. I personally write it all up on the board as a type of ticklist.

That’s all for now, we look forward to your comments. At the top (PLANNING LINK) is the link we promised.

Quick tip: keep it simple, start your planning with the objectives for each unit of study and then break it down from there.  When starting out as a teacher, finding a planning format can be challenging and then the difficult part of being an experienced teacher is keeping things dynamic and avoiding repetition, take a look at the lesson planet link (Lesson Planet). This can help you get started or give you new and useful ideas.

Material recommended by us.

ESL Lesson Plans: An ESL Teacher’s Essential Guide to Lesson Planning, Including Samples and Ideas ~ ( English As a Second Language Lesson Plans ) by Janie Espinal (2015-05-15)

ESL Activities and Mini-Books for Every Classroom by Kama Einhorn (2001-06-01)

Fun, Quick & Easy: Game-Based Activities for Teachers of Adult ESL by Gisele White (2008-11-17)

Teaching the World’s Children: ESL for Ages Three to Seven (The Pippin Teacher’s Library) by Mary Ashworth (2001-10-03)

 

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