Points to ponder
J The objective relays what you want the students to learn during that day. I should be precise and focused on that lesson. It should not read like the Learning Standards. Example: Students will learn the names of ten farm animals. They will be able to complete simple sentences about each animal that gives a basic description of each animal.
J Lesson Plans need to be cohesive. Each lesson should relate to and build off the last one. Make sure that you are not introducing new language or grammar that doesn’t go with what has already the module or theme.
J Build a foundation. Make sure the students have a strong base built so that it can be expanded upon. Don’t give them something they have ever seen before and expect them to be able to do it.
J Don’t spoon-feed. Giving students everything without making them think or just having them recite or repeat is not learning. Learning and UNDERSTANDING are part of a strong foundation.
J Design lessons around the main activity. First decide what your main activity is going to be. Then decide what language /vocabulary your students will need to perform the activity. Introducing this language will be in your prep stage (induction). The end of a lesson is consolidation this is a chance to reinforce what they have learnt and to check that they understand what they have learnt.
J Variety is the spice of life. Make sure you are using different techniques, materials, and resources when designing your lessons. Bored students lead to a disruptive classroom.
J Listening and speaking are communicative activities. If no communication is going on than listening and speaking are not taking place!
J Language Arts isn’t only singing and jazz chants. Language Arts is an excellent time to bring together everything that has been learnt.
J If doing a craft for class (masks, puppets etc.)introduce them in the beginning so that they can be used throughout the week. Don’t wait to the end.
J Get them moving. Make sure you are providing activities that allow the students a chance to move around, make groups or work in pairs. Use your whole classroom an school!
J Your job is to help students learn! Don’t let your need to teach get in the way of that.
“I’m not a teacher but an awakener.” ~ Robert Frost