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What are some of the best ways in which we can improve our lesson preparation?
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As a newish teacher of only 12 months TEFL service, I obviously have a lot to learn and wouldn't presume to lecture. However, in this age of computerised every-damn-thing, I feel it may be worth sharing this observation. I used to spend hours sitting at my computer, supposedly planning, but actually just 'computing', and being distracted by all the gizmos and whatnots that come bundled with our type-writers these days.
To improve lesson plans, we need to keep our eyes on both what the student needs and what they paid for. As a school manager, it would be crazy for me to ignore the course material and fail to complete the material. You may teach the material in a lively and vibrant manner and still finish it, all the while planning diversions away from the book to keep the students supplied with current material.
To improve lesson plans, we need to include more information to our students of one subject instead of less information for many subjects.
One of the most important ways in which we can be better lesson preparers and therefore better teachers is to know our students better. Actually know them as people rather than just objects to instruct. Once we start to know them as people, the materials that we use with them in the classroom and the lessons we prepare for them will be so much the better.
Over the years I have discovered that in preparing lessons I should keep in mind that each student is an unique learner, and needs to be treated as such. In a learning situation the student is the most important component.Therefore I should take care to see that in all lessons that I prepare ,there is flexibility to modify the course according to the needs of the students.
I don't think it is only enough to find sites like this and to find materials. Your materials need to be right for your students - for their interests and for their age group and for their level. So I think the internet can help you to a certain extent but it is not everything and you should rely more on the knowledge that you have of your students.