Writing a lesson plan will ensure that you are prepared for your class and will make it run more smoothly. Knowing approximately how much time an activity will take is important, but always ensure you plan for transitions between activities to make sure you don’t have times during the lesson where the children have nothing to be getting on with. All of our overseas consultants are previous teachers and are here to guide you with your transition into UK schools. Here are some tips for how to write an effective lesson plan!
Doing a warm up exercise with children is a good way to ease them into the lesson. A good idea is to either review what was taught in the previous lesson or do a small activity that is related to the current lesson to get the kids thinking on topic. It’s important to set goals for the lesson in the warm up so that the children know what you expect of them.
Be Creative With Resources
There are a wealth of free resources on the Internet for teachers to tap into. We can put you in touch with experienced teachers who, more than likely will have taught the same lesson / topic before. More than ever teachers in the UK have access to iPads, Apple Mac’s and interactive whiteboards are found in every school. Technology can transform learning and engage students of all levels.
Transitions, Transitions, Transitions!
Make sure you have thought about those moments ‘between’ activities. To avoid behaviour issues arising or students getting too ‘off-topic’, plan how will you get them from one task to the next without causing too much disruption. Allow yourself a certain amount of time for each transition and stick to it. They should be varied, quick and seamless. This will help your whole lesson stay on track.
Ask Advice From An Experienced Colleague
Asking for advice off fellow colleague’s who are experienced teachers can really help to create a strong lesson plan. Ask someone who you trust and who will give you ideas that you can adapt and make your own. Learning from someone who is experienced will help improve your overall skills as a teacher.
Review what the children have learnt in the lesson and compare it to the objectives that were set at the start of the lesson.