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Last month, I took a survey on lesson planning. Two things impressed me: first, the high percentage of teachers who do pre-plan a majority of their lessons; and second, these same teachers stressing the importance of lesson planning and expanded on what they consider important in a lesson plan. Based on this survey and what I learned, I would like to expand on that importance by explaining some of the basics in lesson planning.
I had the best classroom management plan in the world, a foolproof lesson plan and what I thought was a good teaching strategy. Yet I was totally unprepared for what happened next. Kids Logic. For example, did you know there is more than one way to cook a hamburger?
Select an activity that can effectively achieve the desired learning level. To assist the SMEs with the first factor, provide them with some suggestions regarding the range of learning activities that can be effectively used to accomplish specific learning levels.
There are many ways to group students when you're preparing a group activity. Different types of groupings have different benefit sand challenges, so the type you choose depends on various factors. In some cases it might be suitable to allow pupils to pick their own groups but generally it will be up to the teacher to decide which groupings work best for the class and for particular projects.
One of my favourite parts of a vocal or instrumental music class usually happens in the first five minutes. Teaching time allotted for music is often at a premium, so whether the students are coming into your room on rotary or just changing over from another subject in the classroom, getting their attention quickly is important.
How often have you, a preschool (or home/family day care) teacher, been in this situation? Your preschoolers have gone for the day; the collages they made today are on display; and you're ready to leave. You're a great preschool teacher - tomorrow's lesson plan is done. You've got a great preschool game and activity for your circle time.