Common Mistakes in Lesson Planning: Mistake No. 3

We’ve already discussed the common pitfalls of planning too much and planning too little for a lesson. A third common mistake is adhering too strictly to your plan. Remember that a lesson plan is really just a guide; it’s not a set of instructions carved in stone. Here are some reasons why you may need or want to modify your original lesson plan:

  • Your students raise a question that tells you additional explanation and practice is warranted.
  • Your students need more time to complete an activity.
  • Your students request a specific modification. To receive more support they might ask to complete an exercise as a whole class rather than independently.
  • A natural digression occurs. Your students might raise a question on a related topic and you choose to address it. The brief digression can actually deepen their understanding of the original topic.
  • An interesting and relevant discussion emerges. You are able to use this discussion in place of a planned activity.
  • You see that your students are capable of handling a new challenge, and so you present more or ask for more than you originally intended. For example, you can add a few bonus questions to a textbook exercise. Or in the midst of a communicative activity, you choose to modify or add on a step: Instead of having students submit short individual compositions on a given topic, you ask them to work in groups. They prepare notes and make group presentations. The individual compositions are assigned as homework.

(To Be Continued)

One Comment Add yours

  1. Maverick says:

    It’s very sensible think that way.

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