There’s a theory in the stock market that says everything known about a stock is reflected in its current price.
I believe that it’s the same for your teaching knowledge – everything you know is reflected in your lesson plans (or at least the thinking that goes into them).
Over the years I’ve seen all kinds of lesson plans and lesson planning styles. They are as individual as the teachers making them. I’ve seen great teachers walk into a class with just a post-it note (or nothing at all). I’ve seen not-so-great teachers walk in with meticulously detailed 6-page lesson plans. And vice-versa.
Lesson plans are the chance you have to reflect your current beliefs and best practices, and adapting those to specific students, whilst letting you express your own style. Is it any wonder that they’re all so different?
So Why Do We Lesson Plan?
- To prepare an ideal learning experience, by;
- Preparing a language focus
- Preparing for specific students
- Preparing (a balanced set of) activities
- Preparing ourselves mentally for the lesson
- So you don’t have to think about all of that during class.
- Oh, and because academic managers say that you have to
- To give you confidence
- To remind you of our previous thinking