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Listen to the show.

This week's show deals with creating a lesson plan.

    * requirements for a lesson plan
    * why you should have a lesson plan
    * what goes into a lesson plan
    * the lesson plan as a record for other teachers
    * tips for adding to your plan while it's in action
    * sample lesson plans from Mark and Ron
    * ending the lesson

Sorry, a short and sweet write-up of the show.

Game of the week: King Me

A fun game for large classes, small groups, children or adults. A game for everyone. You'll need a set of flashcards, but you'll need to get on the photocopier and make a few different versions of the cards. You'll need some space, but it's a fun game.

This is a variation of a game submitted to the MES-English forums ... =1684#5282

I hope you enjoy it!

Build up! Be positive! Teach hard!

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Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:28 pm
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I have great respect for teachers who write lesson plans, and I can see why they're useful.

I've been teaching for twenty years, and have never written one, apart from a few scribbled notes after the lesson to meet the minimum admin requirements of an employer.

Is there was anybody out there who has switched from being a non-plan-writer to a plan-writer, or vice versa, and what difference did it make?


Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:02 am
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Believe or not, I write lesson plans every week since I started teaching years ago. It's become a habit.
I usually already have the lesson outline in my head, but I write them down in simple note form because when I do so, I am walking through the lesson and thus I can gauge how the class will run (knowing the environment and students helps).

If the plan completes earlier than expected, I can fill in the extra time with simple activities. But the main aim(s) of the lesson is done. If the plan is incomplete, then it means the aim was harder than expected and so needs following up.

I have been writing some plans which are often quite identical, you just get quicker at it, and at the same time you begin to fine tune here and there.


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My plans got plans!!! :shock:

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Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:59 am
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If I have to be honest, my lesson plans and didactic programations are writen because it's required. And, eventhough I've superated the opositions for being a goverment employee and I currently have to planificate and do a didactic program of my lessons, I don't like to spent too much time doing them.

I like to have a schedule where I can assign what, when and how I teach and evaluate and where I can write my own notes than doing all the papers according to the current Organic Educative Law of my country. You just have to know that in my country, Spain, the governors have changed the Organic Educative Law four times in fifteen years making us teachers go insane.

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