Just as children don’t fully appreciate their parents until they have children themselves, students don’t understand how important their education is until it is almost too late. School is a necessary evil, something they have to commit too but will constantly moan about to their friends. The best you can do as a teacher is try to engage with them as much as possible, and hope they enjoy your subject.
Creating lesson plans and activities can be very time-consuming, and requires a lot of creative thinking. You need to get into the mind of the student and find a way to make the learning enjoyable, whilst still teaching enough core content. Not asking for much, hey?
We have put together a list of the tops tips on how to make a lesson plan that is effective and as enjoyable as possible.
Create a formula
Once you have a winning formula for a lesson plan, you can use it again and again, just insert a different activity with different content. The chances are, students won’t even notice that they format of the lesson is the same as long as they are learning something new. One of the most popular formulas is:
- Brief introduction
- Open question to the class to provoke discussion
- Brief teacher-led learning (e.g. lecture style)
- Interactive activity (quiz, game etc.)
Each teacher is different, and better at different methods of learning, so find what works for you and use this knowledge!
Innovation is a buzzword in today’s society; it feels like it is used everywhere! It is particularly useful in education though, as you want to entice students and get them interested in learning in a way that they haven’t been before. Put yourself in their shoes – when you were a student, what did you like and dislike about school? And even your teachers? How can you use this knowledge and apply it to make a worksheet different and more appealing? Don’t be afraid to search online for inspiration.
Another buzzword that you will hear a lot in the business world. Communicate with fellow teachers, support staff, friends, parents and wider school staff to find out their views of what is happening in education. You might be surprised at some of their insights and can use what they have learnt to relate to your students. This will also benefit you in the long run, as you will be seen as passionate and committed (this will be remembered when a promotion is up for grabs).
Students won’t enjoy your lesson if you deliver it in a way that makes it clear that you are not having fun yourself. So you’re delivering this lesson for the fifth time, and know it back to front? Make it different this time. Use your students’ individual personalities to connect to the subject. Enthusiasm is infectious and this is really key in a lesson environment.
Some of these tips might seem obvious, but have a good think about how often you actually apply them to your planning. It is harder than you think! Teachers have so many resources available to them now for inspiration, which is great, but we also need to consider what we can do individually too. We hope this helps!