1 Mistake I Still Make with Lesson Plans and 3 Ways I Fix It

Most lessons go well, thank goodness, and it’s a wonderful thing to have time fly and end a lesson knowing that something meaningful was accomplished. A good lesson leaves my heart happy and my mind already focused on planning the next steps forward. A stumble here and there fills me with determination to make things…

Truths and Myths about Lesson Planning

Beginning and experienced teachers alike can rethink their approaches to lesson planning by reflecting on the following six statements. Read each one and decide if it’s a truth or a myth. (I share my own thoughts, but please feel free to voice a different opinion!) 1. Good lessons follow lesson plans exactly as they were…

Lesson Planning: Using an Assigned Textbook

Teachers must often work with textbooks assigned to them not chosen by them. Teaching within a set curriculum by no means eliminates the need for lesson planning. Furthermore, lesson plans based on a textbook may not always be recycled in their exact form the next academic year. No two groups of students are exactly the…

Lesson Planning: Final Checklist

When it comes to constructing a lesson, some teachers prefer a detailed plan; others can work from a concise list of phrases and page references. To a degree these preferences depend on experience. Whatever your approach is, I suggest doing the following to ensure that your lesson is smooth and effective when put into action:…

Common Mistakes in Lesson Planning: Mistake No.2

In my previous entry, I named the first common mistake: planning too much. The second is just the opposite: planning too little. Perhaps you underestimated your students’ ability to assimilate the material. Perhaps you overestimated the time needed for a communicative activity. In any case, here are some suggestions for dealing with too much time…

Common Mistakes in Lesson Planning

It’s true that experience is the best teacher, but even so-called veterans can fall prey to mistakes in lesson planning. The key is to be aware of some common pitfalls and to be prepared to extricate yourself from them. Mistake No.1: Planning too much. A teacher must learn how much can realistically be covered within…