I’m teaching 27 periods this year with 5 (5-period) English class and 1 PJK. All my 5 English classes are at different level of proficiency and attitudes. My Form 4 Science is at the intermediate level and is very quiet and passive learners. 4MPV is low proficiency with very shy but very obedient all-girls-class. My 5K1 is low proficiency but very active and loud learners. 4K3 is filled with boys, there are a lot of pheromones in the air and the 2A4 who couldn’t sit still. It’s a headache to even think of how will I manage them. I did a few searches on Google and tada! one of the major elements in classroom control in lesson planning!
Lesson planning is uber important for teachers as it helps you to own the class, control the students, gain their interest as well as achieved whatever you want the students to achieved. It is crucial for you to plan your lesson before you walk into the classroom as to spontaneously teach. Kids know you know, whether you are prepared to teach or just simply walk in.
It is also good to plan your lesson ahead so that you will not be kelam kabut while strutting from one class to another. you’ll know beforehand what you’re going to teach, you’ll appear more confident because you know what you’re doing and you’ll save the headache from squeezing the ideas out of your brain on the spot. Plus, if you’re teaching many classes, you can recycle your lesson plan. But remember to adjust it according to your students level.
Though I am also guilty of sometimes unable to plan my lessons earlier due to oh-so-many-clerical-works (yelah dulu waktu practicum bolahla plan lesson gempak gempak kan), this year, I vow to not neglect my lesson plan anymore. Teaching is my core business right? the others can go to ****.
I found a few websites that is beneficial in helping teachers to map out their lesson plans. After a few readings and clickings of the mouse, I have concluded that there are a few major steps in lesson planning. Let see shall we?
One. is to identify what you want to teach (duh!). So refer to you scheme of work and syllibus and you have to bear in mind of your students’ proficiency and how you want to go about teaching it. It’s either teacher centered, students-centered, or hands on activities. you pick.
Second. To have clear aims and objectives. What do you want the students to achieve after your lesson? You can have more than one objectives for one lesson and please make sure that your objectives is measurable.
Third. Know the materials that you would want to use. Either text books, pictures, word cards, videos, handouts etc etc etc.
Fourth. Plan your lesson step by step (though we do not include this in our RPH book). Imagine your lesson from the beginning to the end. What should you do first? Estimate the time for each activities as well. This would help you to prioritize activities. Please please please include some time for independent practices. You do not want your teaching to be disrupted by the bell before the students even practiced what you’ve thought them. It is also a form of assessment so that you could measure whether your objectives are met or not.
Fifth. Closure. Always remember to conclude your lesson. Repeat the essence of your lesson.
Sixth. Homework. Haha my students hate homeworks, but it is important so they could revise the lesson at home. But remember do not give excessive homework that you wouldn’t have time to mark them.
There you go. Bear in mind this is just my opinion and please if you would want to add more to the process, you are more than welcome.
Have fun planning your lessons!