Planning and Preparation: Two Key Components to Teach Effectively

As the father of time management Benjamin Franklin would say: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

This old adage is especially true among teachers. To be an effective teacher, you need to plan and prepare for the entire day.

If there’s a person who should be most prepared in class, it should be the teacher. As much as possible, be over prepared for facing your students. The best teachers are continuously planning and preparing. They are always thinking ahead: the next learning objectives, lesson plans, activities, etc. They’re best buddy is a goal planner, such as those reviewed at Get Life You Desire, that lists down their goals and plans. This guides them in making the learning environment more conducive to learning.

Preparation and planning can have a tremendous impact on the student’s learning experience. If you are adequately prepared, you can effectively direct your student’s towards better understanding of the lessons taught.

Contrary to what many people think, the work of a teacher doesn’t start and end at the ring of the bell; teachers spend long hours (even while away from school) planning how to best teach their students. Although the daily schedule of teachers include a planning period, the real preparation and planning happens outside of school hours. Dedicated teachers arrive early, stay late, and even spend their days off working to make them adequately prepared for class. They explore different learning methods, revise their plans, and look for new ideas to ensure that the learning objectives are achieved.

Investing time to prepare and plan can greatly help make your work as a teacher successful and easy. It’s actually an investment that will save you all possible headaches that lack of planning can bring.

Preparation and Planning Strategies

So, how do you prepare and plan more efficiently? Below are seven strategies you can try.

  • If you are a new or novice teacher, be prepared to spend lots of extra time on these components. This is especially true since you’re just learning the nuances of being a teacher and are still developing a routine.
  • Develop a planning routine that includes both your personal and work tasks. Writing in a paper planner can help you organize your schedule. You can check out some budget-friendly paper planners here: https://getlifeyoudesire.com/top-6-best-budget-planners/.
  • Always plan in advance. Avoid cramming or doing last minute changes. Lack of proper preparation and planning can limit the effectiveness of your teaching.
  • Keep your teaching materials, such as quizzes, lesson plans, activities, modules, etc., in labeled folders or binders. Include important notes about each material, such as if it worked or if it didn’t work, and how to improve it.
  • Unique ideas are great but you can always reinvent what is available. There are tons of resources available in the internet that can help improve your teaching instructions. You can also learn excellent ideas from fellow teachers.
  • Keep your workspace distraction-free. As much as possible, turn off gadgets and electronic devices that tend to distract you from making preparations and plans.
  • When conducting classroom activities, assemble all the necessary materials before you head to the classroom or before students arrive. If possible, practice the activity to see what preparations or adjustments you need to make.

 

Top Reasons Why Student Should Use Planners

Participants in a teacher’s conference were asked about their best organization and time management recommendations for students. The responses varied from helpful tips to inputs on how to change student’s outlook on education. But one of the highly recommended tools that all teachers unanimously agreed is the use of student planners.

Why student planners are recommended?

Teachers coming from various educational institutions and with varied years of teaching experience believe that planners could greatly help in educating students. This tool can greatly help enhance the learning experience of students by keeping them focused and on track on their work.

Student planners also promote better communication among the students, parents and teachers. Planners develop planning and organizational skills of students. With these planners, students are able to keep track of their homework, projects and other requirements.

Student planners come in different styles, themes and designs. A post at Estyslife.com is actually dedicated to this type of planner. Although student planners look differently, they all enhance classroom experience in the same way.

Below we list the four main ways student planners can enhance learning.

  1. Help develop organization skills

Organizing school stuff isn’t an easy task to many students. It requires planning and conscious effort that most students lack. A lot of students get easily worn out and confused with the need to keep up and plan for their classes, exams, projects, school works, and more. However, these can be avoided with proper planning and organizing.

With student planners, learners are able to systematically approach their daily tasks and prepare for all other curricular activities. It can also help teachers further assist their students by reviewing their student planners before they leave class, making sure that they have taken down important information.

  1. Keep track of learning progress

Using student planners enable learners to keep track of their achievements. Students can list down their daily objective and to-do lists. Seeing your accomplishments throughout the week inspires you to study and work harder. Furthermore, goal setting is an essential skill that students will need not only at school but in life.

  1. Teaches responsibility

By using the planners, students are given the freedom to plan, manage and monitor their work. It teaches students to become more responsible with their everyday tasks. It also calls them to take full accountability and commitment towards achievement of their learning objectives.

  1. Promote communication

Miscommunication can hinder in the learning experience of students. Conveying the right information to parents is also vital. Student planners can help prevent miscommunication. It can serve as an excellent communication channel between students, parents and teachers.

Usually, student planners have separate sections dedicated for parent-teacher communication. Here parents can write anything they want the teachers to know such as any learning difficulty of the student or concerns with the school. The teachers can also the planners to write regarding school activities, policies or other student concerns.

Final Thoughts

All in all, encouraging students to use planners is tremendously helpful in their learning experience. In a time when students are faced with a lot of distractions, especially with technology, traditional planners can make them focus and succeed in school.

 

Things No One Tells You About Being a Teacher

Things No One Tells You About Being a TeacherEvery kid wants to be a contributing member of society when they grow up. That’s why you hear things like “I want to be a doctor, or a fireman, or a police officer, or… A teacher.” But the thing about childhood dreams is that as a child, they will always seem more romantic. You’re never going to get a complete view. For example, as a fireman you will be away from your family a lot, staying all night at the station. As a doctor, you have around 10 years of post-secondary education AFTER high school. And as a police officer, the pay is not as good as it should be for the work that you’re doing.

However, I CAN tell you what a teacher’s life is like firsthand, and the “perception vs. reality” that goes with this job. Here are a few things no one tells you about being a teacher:

You Get a LOT of Time Off

Let me preface this by saying that teachers do have to work really hard during the school season. Your weekend will be filled with lesson planning, as will most of your nights. However, your work schedule follows the school season. Which means that you get basically May-August totally off. You also get Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as well as all random school day. This is GREAT news for me; I’m a big fan of wilderness camping, so I have months where I can go on adventures to my heart’s content. I just stocked up on machetes from Ask Lancelot for my South American trip this upcoming break… There aren’t many jobs where you can plan your vacation so far in advance and be sure of getting it! So, while we do work hard, we are also rewarded with plenty of off time to feel better.

Lesson Planning

Lesson planning will take over your life as a teacher. You will be ending up spending so much more time than you think planning for the week, the next day, and the whole semester. Did you have any teachers in school that mostly just played movies during class time? It’s because the alternative is NOT spending time with your family and hanging out with them because you have lessons to plan. I didn’t know how much of my time would be spent doing this. It’s satisfying to plan and make it happen, but it is time-consuming.

The Students

You will have every type of student in your classroom. There will be those that really care, those that really DON’T care, and those that are just strange. But every type of student will give you new stories. The good ones will warm your heart, the bad one will… Make you angry, and the strange ones will make you either confused or laugh. It takes all kinds to make a world! But if you love teaching, it is because of the students. They are what makes the job rewarding at the end of the day.