Thursday, May 26, 2016

Teach Effective lesson planning, delivery techniques and classroom management suggestions

Good lesson planning is essential to the process of teaching and learning.  A teacher who is prepared is well on his/her way to a successful instructional experience.  The development of interesting lessons takes a great deal of time and effort.  As a new teacher, you must be committed to spending the necessary time in this endeavor.

It is also important to realize that the best-planned lesson is worthless if interesting delivery procedures, along with good classroom management techniques, are not in evidence.  There is a large body of research available pertaining to lesson development and delivery and the significance of classroom management.  They are skills that must be researched, structured to your individual style, implemented in a teacher/learning situation, and constantly evaluated and revamped when necessary.  Consistency is of the utmost importance in the implementation of a classroom management plan.

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All teachers should understand that they are not an island unto themselves.  The educational philosophy of the district and the uniqueness of their schools should be the guiding force behind what takes place in the classroom.  The school’s code of discipline, which should be fair, responsible and meaningful, must be reflected in every teacher’s classroom management efforts.


Establish a positive classroom environment
Make the classroom a pleasant, friendly place
Accept individual differences
Learning activities should be cooperative and supportive
Create a non-threatening learning environment
Organize physical space; eliminate situations that I am dangerous or disruptive
Establish classroom rules and procedures and consistently reinforce them

Begin lessons by giving clear instructions
State desired quality of work
Have students paraphrase directions
Ensure that everyone is paying attention
Ensure that all distractions have been removed
Describe expectations, activities and evaluation procedures
Start with a highly motivating activity
Build lesson upon prior student knowledge

Maintain student attention
Use random selection in calling upon students
Vary who you call on and how you call on them
Ask questions before calling on a student; wait at least five seconds for a response
Be animated; show enthusiasm and interest
Reinforce student efforts with praise
Vary instructional methods
Provide work of appropriate difficulty
Demonstrate and model the types of responses or tasks you want students to perform
Provide guided practice for students; monitor responses and deliver immediate corrective feedback

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Use appropriate pacing
Be aware of your teaching tempo
Watch for cues that children are becoming confused, bored or restless;  sometimes lesson have to be shortened

Provide suitable seatwork
Seatwork should be diagnostic and prescriptive
Develop procedures for seeking assistance; have a “help” signal
Develop procedures for what to do when finished
Move around to monitor seatwork
Vary methods of practice

Evaluate what has taken place in your lesson
Summarize the lesson and focus on positive gains made by students; use surprise reinforcers as a direct result of their good behavior
Determine if the lesson was successful; were goals accomplished?

Make a smooth transition into next subject
Have materials ready for next lesson
Maintain attention of students until you have given clear instructions for the next activity
Do not do tasks that can be done by students (i.e. passing out paper or collecting assignments); use monitors
Move around and attend to individual needs
Provide simple, step-by-step instructions
Utilize a freeze and listen signal, when necessary

Develop positive teacher/student relationships
Set a good example; be a positive role model
Create an exciting learning environment for all students
Reward good behavior; create special activities that children will enjoy doing
Correct misbehaviors; have consequences of disruptive behavior; communicate them to children

Handling disruptions

Keep it short and simple (KISS)

Use a warning system

Defer disruptive behavior proactively (eye contact, close space between you and student, use head/hand gestures)

Help students be successful

Use planned ignoring (and teach other students to also ignore)