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Author Topic: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard  (Read 43798 times)

Offline adamjay

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #40 on: September 22, 2011, 08:30:56 AM »
new guy here, teaching at a girls middle school.  I've only gone through one complete lesson so for, a very simple powerpoint followed by an interview activity.  So far I haven't had any problems presenting the material, it's coming up with activities that's a hassle.  Thought that would be the easy part, just give them something to do and take a nap.  I would rephrase this topic, "Finding a Worthwhile Activity That Won't Incite a Mutiny or Cause a Classwide Coma Is Slightly More Than Extremely Frustrating."

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #41 on: September 27, 2011, 12:20:57 PM »
Thank you for posting this.  I'm a new teacher and this helps me with my role.  Another good piece of advice I've had from an experienced teacher is that you have to remember that when a lesson fails, it's not necessarily your fault.  Could just be a bad day, could be the kids are down, etc.  We can only do so much, but it's up to the students to engage, too.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #42 on: September 30, 2011, 10:31:14 AM »
I do a process like this before I teach my classes and it seems to work well! I find that if I ask my co teachers for their opinion that they will give it to me.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #43 on: September 30, 2011, 02:09:54 PM »
I am an education major. I have spent more hours doing lesson plans the way my University expected than I'd like to recall. Unfortunately the format they had us write in was logical, but not practical. In yor summary you woreded basically everything they were teaching me, but in a more easy to comprehend mannor that wasn't daunted with detail. Thank you.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #44 on: October 03, 2011, 04:22:09 PM »
This has been a great help. As someone who's never taught before and now having to teach high school kids, lesson planning seems daunting. I plan to share my lessons once it becomes easier for me.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #45 on: October 04, 2011, 10:39:37 AM »
I would like to know how to gauge the students' English level and prior knowledge.  The author of the post stressed using their prior knowledge.  I am wondering how best to gauge their English level, if not their knowledge on other topics.  Is there an assessment activity?

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #46 on: October 04, 2011, 08:55:32 PM »
Thanks for sharing on how you lesson plan. This really helps a lot to see how another teacher develop their lesson plan. Have little experience teaching I have a hard time lesson planning. I'm constantly struggling on how to structure my lessons. Seeing your post gave me some idea of where to start.

Offline purpleradish

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #47 on: October 06, 2011, 01:19:04 PM »
Thanks for this guide, I just switched from hagwon to public school and I can always use more lesson plan guidance in my life ^^
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Offline Hailey

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #48 on: October 09, 2011, 09:55:16 AM »
Thanks for the guide!  Since I have had limited training with making lesson plans I always found them to be the most difficult part of my job.  This guide helped make that easier for me.  Thank you again.

Offline jpeterse2

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #49 on: October 11, 2011, 03:42:21 PM »
Thank you, I found it interesting.

Offline Driver 8

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #50 on: October 13, 2011, 12:13:06 PM »
I am an education major. I have spent more hours doing lesson plans the way my University expected than I'd like to recall. Unfortunately the format they had us write in was logical, but not practical.

Same here.  I use what I learned in TEOL classes as kind of a roadmap, but the reality is, some of those roads are blocked here.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #51 on: October 20, 2011, 01:08:53 PM »
Hi, I found lesson planning really difficult as first, post like these have helped me and im finding it easier now so thanks.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #52 on: October 23, 2011, 09:30:24 PM »
I'm lazy about lesson planning to be honest. Some days I show up and just wing it. I hope to advance my skills a bit with this website. Teaching at a middle school has shown me that I am teaching much more than English. I have to get the class together. So a simple interaction like throwing a ball back and forth with students saying each other's names helps, with no language function.

I will contribute my stuff soon... promise.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #53 on: October 27, 2011, 08:29:04 AM »
I wish I would have had a guide of this quality the first time I tried to write a lesson plan...four straight days, 7 hours of planning each = 5 mediocre lessons.  Hoping to do a little better over here. Thanks for the great guide.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #54 on: October 27, 2011, 09:54:34 AM »
thanks for posting those helpful hints. You definitely cover some major points that a lot of us never really think about. :D

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #55 on: October 27, 2011, 12:12:12 PM »
Wow, so much to think of when planning.
I am 4 weeks into teaching in a middle school in Daejeon, just returning from a 5 day orientation and my brain is over loaded with so much.
Thanks for this post as it does help to narrow down the planning a little more. I reccon it will take some time with practice to get it right, but grateful to read stuff on here that helps with my own process.

Thanks for your input, I hope one day I will be able to upload my own lesson plans for others to use, once I am better at it.

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Offline Cliron

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #56 on: October 29, 2011, 09:14:38 PM »
The thought of having to construct lesson plans that take hours to complete would drive me to drink. There must be somewhat repetitive no?

E.g Alternating between different sets of lesson plans for different grammar points?

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #57 on: November 03, 2011, 05:53:45 PM »
Thanks for posting! This summary will really help me out, I think. Right now, I feel like I just flounder around in my lesson planning.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #58 on: November 04, 2011, 01:20:15 PM »
I think a big part of lesson planning is anticipating what could go wrong in regards to students learning the material, discipline issues, transitioning, setting alternative seating arrangements,  etc.  Basically imagine what could go wrong and have a plan that addresses potential pitfalls and ultimately make the lesson go as smoothly as possible.

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Re: Yes, Lesson Planning is Hard
« Reply #59 on: February 15, 2012, 01:59:01 PM »
Here's what I got from a workshop I went to. I omitted any irrelevant info. I found it really worthwhile to do the lesson plan "MINE" that's in the file.

This, in addition to the advice given in the OP, is wonderful. Thank you!