There’s nothing quite like the busy schedule of an ESL teacher. Sometimes it’s all you can do to squeeze in lesson planning and prep the night before your class, which can result in a frantic, hurried, and unorganized lesson plan.
It’s hard to find time to intentionally focus on planning a lesson that will meet your students’ needs, all while keeping your sanity! I’ve been working on finding ways and creating resources to help ESL teachers create healthy lesson planning routines to benefit both them and their students.
Today I wanted to share a little bit more about a new resource in my Free Teaching Resource Library, which you can gain access to when you sign up for the Everyday ESL newsletter. It’s a great, quick, and easy way to help you plan a well-thought-out lesson plan that will intentionally and practically meet your students’ needs and create a healthy learning environment.
The Ultimate Lesson Planning Checklist
The Ultimate Lesson Planning Checklist was created to give you a resource that you could keep in front of you throughout your week. It’s a great tool to help you remember to take 5 minutes to reflect on your past lessons and plan for the next one.
I know how hard it can be to figure out how to structure your planning/reflection time, which is why the checklist has 4 questions per lesson-planning-stage, so that you know exactly what questions you need to consider and answer.
It will guide you through the three stages of lesson planning: pre-planning, planning, and post-planning. The pre-planning stage is where you’ll focus on your lesson goals and what your students’ needs are. The planning stage focuses more on the activities that will help your students engage with your lesson and that will help you to accomplish your lesson goals. Finally, the post-planning stage is a great time to take 5 minutes to reflect on what went well, what could be improved, and what you’d like to remember for your next lesson.
More Lesson Planning Resources
I want to provide you with a few more lesson planning resources to help you in better understanding the processes involved in lesson planning and to help you develop a healthy routine. Below you’ll find some Everyday ESL articles, as well as resources and articles from other websites and individuals.
Taking the time to think through and develop a lesson planning routine was such a life-changing decision for me. When I was teaching in Mongolia, I found myself planning my entire lesson from start to finish the night before class (after I finished teaching for 6 hours a day). Not only was that exhausting, but I wasn’t doing my best work and my students weren’t getting the most they could have out of the class.
That’s when I started spending some time reflecting and pre-planning, and my lesson plans became not only more engaging and effective, but they became easier to plan! If you’re interested in developing your lesson planning routine, be sure to sign up to be notified when The Busy Teacher’s Guide to Pre-Planning launches below.
I Want to Hear From You!
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