Hello and welcome to my blog! My main purpose here is to share my tips to help trainee teachers getting started by sharing things I wish I had known when I began!
Planning lessons is probably the aspect of teaching I found hardest as a trainee. I'd sometimes spend hours on end feeling stressed, struggling to make decisions about an upcoming lesson. If the actual lesson did not go well, I was not inclined to speed up my lesson planning! I was extremely busy, stressed and unhappy.
When I had a break between placements I was able to take a step back and reflect on the overarching features of a well-planned lesson and apply my experiences to come up with some frameworks to plan lessons more effectively and decisively.
I wanted to have a few different lesson plan templates for common types of lesson: direct instruction, collaborative, discovery and revision. I also wanted the lesson plan templates to contain the different sections that any lesson must include: objectives, context within the units.
These days I have a process which streamlines the planning of a new topic for a class:
I have attached the empty templates and a practical example.
Next time I will offer my introductory views on mark books. In future entries I will share my views and experiences on some features of a successful lesson, such as strategied for AFL and differentiation.