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lesson planning

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by mickymilan, May 18, 2011.

  1. mickymilan

    mickymilan New commenter

    as a current PGCEer with a job secured for Sept I'm wondering how you NQTers manage to find time to plan lessons for the whole week. Currently I spend about 2 hours each lesson, learning, planning and making resources which obviously won't happen come September.
  2. mickymilan

    mickymilan New commenter

    as a current PGCEer with a job secured for Sept I'm wondering how you NQTers manage to find time to plan lessons for the whole week. Currently I spend about 2 hours each lesson, learning, planning and making resources which obviously won't happen come September.
  3. I try to plan in PPA time but...most evenings I work till about 10 and then do one day (at least) at the weekend (depending on marking / assessments). I don't know what the answer is to cutting down planning time, I think it does get easier and therefore quicker over time as you become more confident. Also depends on the school and what planning they have retained from previous years. :)

  4. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    The best piece of advice I was given on PGCE is don't spend longer planning a lesson than it takes to teach it.
    Don't forget to speak to someone in school before Summer hols to ask for the SoW and then you have some weeks in advance to plan. Also your department will already have resources and lesson plans ready to use. Finally, the pupils will not lose out if they use a textbook for a couple of lessons. Not every lesson needs to have VAK, movement, IWB etc. Sometimes kids need to sit quietly with some work in front of them.
    I am the only subject specialist in my school so at first I was spending about an hour on each lesson as I had to make it thorough enough for non-specialists to use. You won't have this problem if you are planning just for yourself. Now, I plan a lesson at the top of my head within 10 minutes and occassionally spend some time making a resource and I am nearing the end of my NQT year.
  5. I always do all my planning in PPA time. Sometimes I may spend a little while after school looking over the plans for the next day and tweaking anything but never more than that.
  6. I think it depends on the subject you teach, but as a food teacher, all lessons will have similar starters, plenaries and routines in them, which makes it so much easier to plan!

    Does that make me a poor teacher? [​IMG]
  7. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    Id say I spend about 6 hrs planning per week but that is in a 3 form entry where we split the resources. I used to spend hours on each lesson, sometimes just writing the success criteria would take forever but as the year progresses you will find that some things become almost like second nature and the whole process speeds up!
  8. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    If it does, then I am probably a worse one! I teach RE so I only have to plan one lesson a week for each year group. I also do a bit of history and geography so use textbooks quite a lot for that because it isn't my specialism and I don't know an awful lot about some of the topics. Kids are still learning without me doing an all singing, all dancing OFSTED style lesson.
  9. quietlydetermined

    quietlydetermined New commenter

    I'm currently on PGCE but I've found a system that works for me. I sort all the next weeks session plans at the weekend and then only have to tweak them during the week. I have no Sunday but it's worth not to feel overwhelmed during the week!
  10. I doubt it! At the end of the day if Teachers spent all the time planning, prepping etc, i dont think there would be any left! But its glad to know i'm not alone! ;)
  11. I'm also an NQT and I agree with you all!!!
    I've realised that one week where I was totally exhausted by 3observations from mentor, headteacher and HoD and a lot of work and marking... by Friday period6 I was about to die so I've downloaded 3worksheet of French grammar for my y9 asking them to work in total silence. They've loved it and asked why we were not doing it more often...!
    Now, I tend to do 3exciting lesson a day and 3 less exciting ones... We are also sharing all of our resources within our department which helps a lot in term of creativity and planning.
    I've regain a kind of social life, my students are still learning well and they are happy to come in my class... all good for me!
    But that is not the kind of stuff they would teach you during your PGCE of course!!
  12. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I think the key is to only plan as much as you need to teach the lesson. Obviously, for observations you will be expected to produce a more detailed lesson plan, but normally you can just use a week's worth of planning for Literacy, same for Numeracy (done in PPA time) and medium-term plans for foundation subjects, adapted from schemes of work (I spend two days of the holiday before each new term doing this) or borrowed and adapted from colleagues.
    Don't spend too long making detailed plans each weekend because things change. As for resources, use things in books, from colleagues and from the internet. You learn very quickly that it's just not worth the time! I used to make an all-singing, all-dancing IWB powerpoint for each lesson, but I was on the computer every night during my NQT getting it all sorted for the next day. This year, I have found I can quickly put something together in the morning which is just as good. Observations are different, though!
  13. That's the real life of the modern teacher [​IMG] I too have gone into lessons and thought what shall I teach them today? Looked at my SoW and then made something up on the spot. At the end of the day there is so much paperwork and planning to get done, there are not enough hours in the day and no way you should spend ALL of your own free time and valuable family life time planning a lesson. I think a great teacher can use their carefully organised SoW and use that to create a lesson, if you know your subject you should be able to do that no worries. Resources do take time, but you can build a stock of them which you know will work.
    When I first started lesson planning I definitely spent way too much time over-planning and as has been said, if you spend longer planning the lesson than teaching it, you're over egging it and definitely stressing yourself out. As you gain more experience and get more lessons under your belt, the whole process of creating engaging, worthwhile lessons which create learning opportunities for your students will become a lot easier and quicker. Good luck

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