ELT Live#6 – Lesson Planning and Prep w/ #KELTchat

ELT Live#6 – Lesson Planning and Prep w/ #KELTchat
October 14, 2014

Connecting with the #KELTchat  community after a day-long slow burn twitter chat discussing how teachers get ready to do what we do. 

Tune in to the KELTchat Twitter discussions at:
https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23keltchat
KELTchat Blog: Candid Lesson Planning

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    Catching up on today’s – very very late…

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    I edit and adapt my lesson plans as needed during class. Here’s the basic plan I made up last semester and still follow mostly.

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    Oh nooo. I’ve just arrived home ready to participate in just to see I’m late 🙁 Maybe next time. 🙂

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    It was nice talking to you. I’d love to hear about how the scripting of instructions goes.

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    It’s been a pleasure, see you next time

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    Also I write plans conscience of boss as audience-so I do after. Before teaching is my planning.

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    right on. I thank you for this information.

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    So if I do the same activity over different ages/levels, I write plans showing what I tweaked in the teaching.

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    I think they like to see that there was an Educational Focus and also that I catered to particular age/level.

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    Thanks all for the fun and informative . If anyone would like to summarize 12 hours of lesson planning talk please get in touch!

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    So how does work? cos lasts an hour and kelt seemed to last all morning?

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    RT Join us in the slowburn continuation Hangout … cc

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    Not sure how to join in but enjoying the talk

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    Join us in the slowburn continuation Hangout

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    here is my blog post of me (not really) planning today

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    If I’m using an old lesson plan (or old PPT), I need to review the plan. Altering the plan helps it stay fresh.

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    well, it’s a personal preference for sure

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    And I am live on talking about lesson planning and prep

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    Burnout by

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    The grammar term can be filled in as needed.

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    And of course there are ways around this for those that want to/need to map things out on the board.

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    I don’t think writing on the board (which im not sooo in favor of) means there must be such gabbing.

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    Oh sure. Sorry. I thought you (plural) were talking about activities or such.

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    I’d rather get into a student-centered activity right away than gab at them about what they will do

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    2/2 Best way to keep up is on blog or FB group

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    If I want to elicit present perfect, I’d prefer not to tell them “Today you will practice present perfect”

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    We try to do twice a month within spring and fall semesters. Sometimes Tuesdays and sometimes Sunday nights. 1/2

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    How often and when is ? I teach in China, but I’ve been trying to connect w/ other ELTs on this side of the globe.

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    I am not quite sure how or why it surely increases TTT (or blocks eliciting)?

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    At least once a unit, look at a way to differentiate something. Over time, ideas will build up.

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    I agree with this. WOuld be happy with NO book in most cases

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    It takes up board space, increases TTT, “spoils” your plan (TTT) if trying to elicit language, “binds you” to a plan

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    To build on ‘s goals not steps, prepare backup activity (or two) in case planned ones don’t work.

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    aside from lesson plans what else do you need to do to prepare for classes?

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    – my no textbook planning recipe = Drive mega-archive+updated topic docs+course blogs+weekly agenda posts

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    Coming up in 1 hour – – discussing today’s slow-burn about Lesson Planning and Prep. Tune in at

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    …if activities=steps and objectives=goals, maybe it’s useful to display objectives 2/2

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    If the objectives are the same for a few lessons, listing activities of the day is more interesting; on the other hand… 1/2

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    this is where I do most of my planning 🙂

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    admin required ‘objectives’to be listed, they really wanted activities.I don’t agree with the practice for the most part.

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    Some lesson types are too complex for night before planning. If I need to edit authentic materials or make quiz I need more time

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    my other all-too-common mistake when planning far in advance is thinking everything is done but forgetting minor details

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    I only have time to plan day of or earliest one day b4. 2 early and it’s a waste of time. Good to have goals in mind tho.

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    I find the night before works best for me too. Too far in advance and I forget the logic behind the sequnce

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    I tend to struggle with motivation and vision to plan a specific lesson more than 24 hours in advance.

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    good question. I almost always plan on the same day

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    Just a reminder-this ongoing culminates with an google hangout starting at 9 pm Korea time

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    I plan lessons by making materials generic enough in a variety of context.

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    step in and join the if you’r not already there. A day of discussion on lesson planning.

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    What’s the optimal time to plan? 1hr before? The night before? The week before?

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    what book is this?

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    …not “What do I do first in this lesson?” but “What prompt do I give?” 2/2

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    lots of my planning comes form what I have in my bookshelf.

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    Highly ritualized lessons change the type of lesson planning. If my lesson always starts w fluency writing the planning Q is 1/2

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    My biggest struggles with lesson planning is trying to achieve my goals and theirs. However, their goals are often just to pass

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    RT Right on. Attach yourself to *goals* not steps.

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    Right on. Attach yourself to *goals* not steps.

    1. I’ve recently discovered that the more I plan, the better quality the lesson and the easier it is for me

    2. I agree that planning can make for a better lesson, but I also find that it can make me more mechanical.

    3. One habit I am glad I have (mostly) gotten rid of is being attached to ideas cuz they are in the plan.

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      My better classes are guided by goals that have solid expectations and avenues for digression.

       
       

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    One habit I am glad I have (mostly) gotten rid of is being attached to ideas cuz they are in the plan.

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    I agree that planning can make for a better lesson, but I also find that it can make me more mechanical.

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    good idea and revealing possibly #

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    Project on to WB. Planning in advance?! Sounds organised to me! 😛

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    I plan through materials: handouts, books, etc. If I use a PPT, it usually has activities included along the way.

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    A lot of my organization has been put in Moodle

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    My lesson planning could be as simple as this. Circling discussion questions I want to focus on.

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    projecting as in displaying on W/B or as in panning far in advance?

    1. Welcome to ! No pressure, but would you care to share a lesson plan photo?

    2. Looks like fun! I’ll intrude & share. I like to project my plan so Ss can see it

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      Agree with the projecting. I might try going through a week of low planning, but high planning is going so well atm.

       
       
       

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    4. projecting as in displaying on W/B or as in panning far in advance?

    5. Project on to WB. Planning in advance?! Sounds organised to me! 😛

    1. My Korean language T wrote target structures (not activities) on the top left corner and I loved it.

    2. It helped me focus on key points of the lesson and gave me a sense of progress.

    3. Yea, aesthetically pleasing as teacher/student to see & check off points in a lang class.

    4. not sure if all learners will like that

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      I’m sure some don’t. It’s pleasing for me but tbh I just make a call about activities like this: do it/don’t…

       
       

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    im now tackling the issue of bridging what I’ve learnt on with course books

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    they are so useful when first setting out in teaching

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    I was really grateful when infirst got here and knew nothing. One year on and I want more freedom to make classes better.

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    Absolutely no pressure, but please feel free to post a photo any time.

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    the books with stuff to photocopy and give out are much more useful

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    I was just now thinking it might also be a great chance to see what language is used.

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    Yea, aesthetically pleasing as teacher/student to see & check off points in a lang class.

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    When you show a lesson outline to Ss, do you show objectives or activities? Do you distinguish between the two?

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    yeah me too – lets you see how the activity is really done – as opposed to what you might assume

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    Looks like fun! I’ll intrude & share. I like to project my plan so Ss can see it

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    It helped me focus on key points of the lesson and gave me a sense of progress.

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    That is very interesting. I think there is something to doing the activities oneself beforehand.

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    true! He was saying this in context of “if you don’t have time to plan, then…”