Creating a Lesson Plan

I've been teaching long enough that I know very little.  If I didn't get hit with the butterflies before almost any or every lesson or ever thought that my previous lesson was better than my present lesson, I could possibly disagree with my opening statement.  If that is confusing, well teaching itself can be the most simplistic or complex task that a person attempts to accomplish.  It really just matters what level of teaching a cowboy or cowgirl really wants to elevate their game.  

As a son in his early 40's of a retired school teacher that still wants to discuss shop, I can attest to a nonexistent intellectual glass ceiling.  My mother tended to use a motherly bulldog method that followed a very specific plan.  I started out with a very shoot from the hip attitude that slowly went from notes on bar napkins to those actual lesson plans I learned to create during my invincible (I had to be invincible to stay alive through that mess) college years.   Now, I'm a religious lesson planner, follower, and side tracker of these plans.   

Therefore this is where I'm to start on my first lesson instead of starting with an ESL specific lesson or activity.  After teaching at public, private, and corporations, the one consistent aspect was the lesson plan.  It doesn't matter if it was a group of five year olds or a small group of 60 year old Korean professionals surrounding a Sam Gyup Sal pit BBQ, planning makes everything easier and better.   

There are a ton of great guides out there on how to do this.  ASCD has a great albeit detailed explanation of creating a lesson plan which is a great one to read through. The section in this about the various phases of a proper lesson are especially strong.  However the important aspect of all of this goes to what you need your students to be able to accomplish after their lesson.  

For myself, I like to take a mix of corporate and elementary education style lesson plans and use that as my model.  The main headings that I use are the class title, time allotted, audience, objectives,  instructional process (this is where I include some of the strategies shown on the link mentioned earlier), follow-up, and conclusion.  My goal with this plan is to be able to make the lesson as quick as possible, like on a subway ride to meet a student,  and be able to revise it quickly.  Every time that I teach a lesson, I try and make some notes on it and continually revise the plan.  By doing this, I never operate from a 'final' draft but instead look at it as a working draft.  
Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:21 PM by eslpanda
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