Even if we know our classes well, it’s always important to write a list with components for a lesson plan. I believe experience will help us planning in terms of weeks and units and not lesson by lesson; although for special lessons for younger learners such as holidays, it’s necessary to write them individually, I think.
Timetable fit is vital; I wish we could use a timetable fit together with the other subjects in school and create an integrating topic, as I’ve seen in alternative schools procedures; it works so good because students link knowledge, share and materials are useful for more activitities while learning is just flowing and becoming experiential. So, yes to timetablefit!
To anticipate problems it’s very important, specially if the students are children or younger learners; because if they finish an activity in advance, they’ll soon get bored and start bothering the others or just make a mess; to avoid this, it’s good to bring extra activities, just one or two would be enough. That’s just one example of what may happen if we don’t anticipate, so this list is necessary for the classes.
And as for the discovery activities:
1. I found this for activity one (suggesting examples of lesson plans in different styles and formats
(You’ll need to register with an email or so if you want to download it).
2. I talked with my coleagues and I found out I’m very complicated when it comes to planning; but I’m trying to become more practical; so I’d like to make a lesson plan as clear, simple and easy to understand as possible.
Working with 50 children per classroom doesn’t help with lists and lists of their learning progression, so a simple planning will be effective for me.
3.About the two articles from bbc:
Article 1 is the rationale for lesson planning and I found the words: Engage, Study and Activate as keywords to keep in mind while intending to plan.
In the second article aims, context and marker sentences are mentioned to cover for lesson planning.