Hi all - very lucky to be a career-changer going into a Schools Direct Salaried role for secondary English this coming September. In preparation for that, I have been working as a Learning Support Assistant in my placement school since February. I am petrified of being under-prepared so, this month (Aug-17), I have been attempting to produce Lesson Plans and accompanying PowerPoint presentations for the Autumn term; I'll be teaching 'The Woman in Black' to Year 8s, amongst other as yet undefined texts to Year 9s and - frighteningly - Media classes to Year 13s. I have a blank lesson plan sheet on my PC, which I'm using to enter as much detail as I can, a long-term plan for the Year 8s and a medium-term plan for 'The Woman in Black' topic, so that's weekly learning objectives for 14 weeks worth of work. The issue I'm having is this... I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing. How easy / hard should the exercises be? How many exercises should I run within a 40 minute lesson? Do the pupils actually sit and read the book in class or are they expected to read it in their own time? I tried reading out loud the first chapter at a slower than normal pace and it was a good 20 minutes, which doesn't seem like an effective use of time. On the Lesson Plans, I don't understand what is required to be entered in 'Class Context', 'Success Criteria', or how to detail how the 'Progress of Students' will be monitored - "Here's the exercise... Have you done it? Good, carry on..." Currently, to write one lesson plan and create the presentation, it's taking me the best part of a day. That seems high, considering some people are on forums talking about 20-40 minutes per lesson plan! Additionally, I'm sure that the senior colleagues in the department are working hard on pulling together everything, but without knowing how many pupils are in my classes, what time of day lessons are scheduled for or who's in the classroom (as I am familiar with some of them, it would help me understand more about differentiating content to suit as well as how long their attentions spans can last) I am feeling particularly nervous about the coming year. Any tips, advice, kind words, etc, would be appreciated!