Describing a successful lesson.
Creating a successful lesson plan takes time, commitment, and an understanding of your students’ abilities and drives. Here are the 3 rules I follow every time I create a new one.
1. Understand your students
In the article “How to Prepare the Perfect Lesson Plan of The Teacher’s Handbook”, the author talks about the importance of understanding the level and ability of your students when planning a lesson “If you are using a language book assigned by your school or institute for the class you are teaching, you may need to modify it according to the level of your students.”
On the second month of my TEFL internship I was concerned that the material of a lesson for that day was too high for the level of my students. I talked with my boss and suggested a few changes to make it more accessible to them, one of them being to make them work in groups instead of by their own so they could help each other.
It’s okay to make changes to your lesson plan according to the different levels of your students, as long as they learn what they need to at the appropriate speed for them.
2. Contribute to Open Communication in your workplace
Communication is a very significant part of a good workplace environment. The writer Gerald Ainomugisha in his post “Proven Ways to Encourage Open Communication in the Workplace” says that “Open communication in the workplace is often a sign of a fantastic culture, and helps build strong teams”.
When I was starting my TEFL internship I would have been too nervous to communicate my concerns to my boss like in the previous example. But as I got to know him, I realised that he was very approachable and we could have open communication with each other. I also started to trust more my teaching skills.
So, if you have any doubts about the lessons, methodology or material of your English language school while you are doing your TEFL internship, remember that you are there to learn and develop as a professional, so it’s okay to talk about it with your boss and colleagues (in a respectful and open-minded matter, of course).
3. Learn from your mistakes
Be observant of the feedback you receive from your students when you deliver a new lesson and take notes of possible changes that you could incorporate to improve your future ones.
It’s okay to make mistakes at the beginning of your teaching career, you just have to remember to learn from them and not let them discourage you!
How to Prepare the Perfect Lesson Plan | The Teacher’s Handbook .. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.listenandlearn.org/the-teachers-handbook/how-to-prepare-the-perfect-lesson-plan.
Proven Ways to Encourage Open Communication in the Workplace. Retrieved from https://inside.6q.io/open-communication-in-the-workplace/