THIS IS THE LESSON PLAN I USE TO PLAN MY LESSONS:
LET’S EXPLAIN THE LESSON PLAN
1- WARM-UP: Warming up is absolutely necessary. Doing this you change the students’ mood. This serves you to say: Hey, this is English! This class is different! The idea is to get your students involved from the very beginning of the class.
You can use TPR activities: They are fun and children will love them. You can vary the language and orders you use according to the language you are dealing with that day.
You can use songs: A song that all students know and can sing. This will be shortly related to the English class!
Short games: Like guess my word, A student faces the rest of the class, the teacher writes a word on the board and the rest of students give the first student clues in order to figure out the word.
ON THIS VIDEO, AROUND 1: 15, YOU WILL SEE HOW TO CARRY OUT AN EXCELLENT WARM-UP (FROM GENKI ENGLISH)
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2- STUDENTS’ ACTIVITY AND TEACHERS’ ACTIVITY: It is important to clarify what the students are going to be doing (Scannning to get information, asking and answering questions…) but it is also important to clarify what the teacher will be doing (monitoring the students, taking part in the activities, guiding…)
3- ANTICIPATED PROBLEMS : TRUST ME, TAKE SOME TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE DURING THE ACTIVITIES AND YOU WILL SAVE A LOT OF SUFFERING FOR YOURSELF. If you plan a listening lesson, think about the material they will need, difficult words that may appear in the listening, think how many times they will need to listen to it to get the information…
4- INTERACTION: This can be in pairs, groups, lockstep(with the whole class). It is advisable to use pairs and groups as they allow the students to talk more and it is been shown that working in pairs and groups help to create a good working atmosphere and to promote real communication.
5- HOW TO HELP WEAK STUDENTS. Please, bear in mind that each of your students is different. Some will have more difficulties when carrying out the tasks. Think of ways of helping them. For example, you can leave the vocabulary flashcards on the right part of the board for those students to have a quick look at them when they need to use them in class.
6- CHECKING AND REVIEWING. It is very important to review everything over and over again. Start your lessons reviewing and finish them doing exactly the same thing, as Geoff Petty says ”If you teach something in September, and you never refer to it again, it will soon be forgotten”.
SEE RICHARD GRAHAM FROM GENKI ENGLISH, SPEAKING ABOUT HIS WAY TO WORK WITH LESSON PLANNING
7- WHAT WENT WRONG, HOW CAN YOU SOLVE IT? This is almost the most important part. You fill this when the class is over. You take some time to reflect upon the lesson plan. See what activities worked, which ones didn’t, was the group too talkative? Why didn’t the activity work?
8- BOARD DISPLAY. It’s not only important what you say, but also how you say it. If you have an organized display, you will help your students to organize their learning. I will deal with board display in following posts!
THIS VIDEO GIVES SOME PIECE OF ADVICE TO BE A GOOD TEACHER. (PAY ATTENTION TO THE BOARD DISPLAY!!! DON’T YOU THINK IT CAN BE IMPROVED? IN MY OPINION IT IS BIT DISORGANIZED AND IT’S NOT APPEALLING. NEVERTHELESS, WHAT THE TEACHER SAYS WITH HER VOICE, IT’S PERFECT)