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Outstanding MFL Lesson Plan

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by MsFranglais1979, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. As an expert on outstanding lessons, I have produced a list of ways to describe "beyond outstanding".
    They are:
    special, exceptional, phenomenal, impressive, remarkable, cool, out of this world, outstandinger, ace, and my favourite, "well good".
    Managers, please feel free to throw these words around like confetti to make your colleagues feel even less motivated and more useless than ever.before.
  2. Hi, there, I am a GTP to be, starting my training in september. I'd be grateful if you can kindly send me this document for reference, please. My email is

    Many thanks
  3. Can we please stop this nonsense!
  4. Hello,

    I am an MFL PGCE student (French) and I am interested in reading the document to make an outsatnding lesson. Would you mind to send it to me too please?

    It would be very helpful.

    Thank you.

  5. I've written about this thread in my blog. http://bit.ly/J1AFyA
  6. Hi,

    Can someone send me the document also please.
    Inbox me please
  7. ojala

    ojala New commenter

    *bangs head against a brick wall*
  8. Hi

    I've only just seen this message.

    Can you also forward it to me if it's not too much bother?


  9. Please could you send me the document about outsanding lessons in MFL? my email is marybradley65@hotmail.com

    Many thanks
  10. Why not upload it as a resource?
  11. kpjf

    kpjf Occasional commenter

    I don't get why poster after poster is asking for this outstanding lesson like it's going to magically transform their teaching. An outstanding lesson on paper does not mean you're going to magically deliver an outstanding lesson. You could go through it too slowly, not explain things properly, or your students mightn't be accustomed to x activity, or this lesson assumes students already know x vocab/structures/expressions and your students don't know them.

    I'm really bewildered at the amount of posters asking for this lesson. What if you don't teach that year, that topic? I thought it would have been better for the OP to upload some of her lesson plans and then people could have critiqued them.

    Wouldn't it be much better for people to listen to their PGCE tutor/school mentor as to what an outstanding lesson should include and other tips? E.g. the advice from this post:

    EDIT: Sorry, didn't realise this thread was so old. It came up on the right-hand side of this forum and just saw it today.
    MosaiK and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  12. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

  13. Incommunicado

    Incommunicado Occasional commenter

    Good luck to everyone striving to raise the standard of their lessons: a typically noble aim among teachers.

    I think it is SO SAD that we are having to pull together ourselves in an effort to avoid negative criticisms from others (SLT, OFSTED etc) who seem to offer no clear guidance at all on what they regard as good/outstanding work, nor state clear criteria that they want to see met. It is pointless trying to 'play their game' if they don't tell us the rules.

    Failure to do this is probably down to the fact that they have no MFL teaching experience themselves, and should not, therefore, be judging us from their position of ignorance of our procedures. It's an appalling state of affairs.
    MosaiK likes this.
  14. As I am sure we are all aware, lesson observations are entirely subjective and rely on what the observer is looking for. I used to teach in a school where I was constantly rated as good and/or outstanding and where I was appreciated for what I did with my MFL classes and where I was invited onto T&L, AFL working groups to work with my colleagues on school-wide improvements. Due to moving county however, I also moved school and was soon found to be unsatisfactory. Yet, my teaching style had not changed, merely adapted to my new students' needs. My students made progress and it was a joy to see them gain in confidence - most of them anyway.
    What had changed though was the way MFL were rated by the SLT. Not once was I observed by an MFL specialist (small school, the only other MFL teacher was on SLT and always 'very busy'...), one member of SLT even (during an observation!) told some of my already un-motivated and lower ability girls that he had himself failed his German GCSE and 'look where I am today'. However when Ofsted came they commented on my outstanding teaching style and the progress in MFL. I played the SLT's game for a while after that and eventually moved on. There was no point in staying where I was not appreciated.
  15. I'd also be very grateful if you'd be kind enough to share to
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    Thank you so much and good luck everyone!
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 17, 2020
  16. ChocolateChunk

    ChocolateChunk New commenter

    An outstanding lesson is by definition a singularity in the chain of lessons that you will deliver, or by comparing it to the norm in your school. In my opinion, consistently delivering these is very difficult task to achieve as there are factors inside and outside the classroom that you cannot nor will you ever control. It can also lead to an unnecessary amount of stress upon yourself.
    Furthermore, beauty is in the eye of the beholder as it was explained before. Your Line Manager's expectations and perception of what an outstanding lesson is may differ from your Head of Department or your Headteacher.
    I have noticed that some teachers, young ones especially, are expecting their lessons to be flawless at some point, but they rarely are. It is really about you respond to the unpredictable: behavioural issue, technical problem like you laptop crashing etc.
    If you have learning, progress and good behaviour management in the lesson, it is already excellent. Make sure that you reflect on your activities and how the students responded to these.

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