Rabu, 30 November 2011

The Importance of Being Flexible in Lesson Plans

Flexible teachers spend as much time as necessary to ensure student success.

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Learning has become dynamic in the modern classroom, and the effective teacher shies away from rigidity in her day-to-day planning. Be flexible in implementing learning goals for your students. The composition of your class inevitably changes each year, situations arise, major and minor crises ensue, and life in general throws a wrench in even the most efficiently organized lesson plans. A valuable lesson plan guides -- not dictates -- a teacher’s direction with her students and gives her the leeway either to tweak or completely deviate from her planned teaching activity when the need arises.

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The effective teacher over-plans, even when she knows her class will not complete the entire lesson in the allotted time. By planning more activities than can be completed during the class period, you anticipate any miscalculations in time management. Extra activities can reinforce a concept, give students more practice or serve as an assessment. If the majority of the class seems confused during a lesson, take the necessary time to reteach and check for understanding. Stretch a lesson to two or three class periods if you find that your class has not grasped a certain concept you were planning for a single session. In this way, you ensure that most of the class masters a concept on which subsequent lessons will build.

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