Write your lesson plans in bullet point format. It is quicker and also easier for readers to follow and read.

 

Pick your themes and stick to them! Don’t overthink things. A simple theme can be very effective with a few resources at hand.

 

Try to have lots of hands on resources in your lesson. A power-point just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. Concrete materials are a must if at all possible.

 

Read the curriculum! So many people have sent me lesson suggestions asking if they are okay but very often it would be a struggle to find a strand and strand unit to attach them to. Pick your curricular area first and then the lesson, rather than trying to shoe horn the curriculum into an American style maths lesson.

 

Don’t over ‘google’ things. If you find an art lesson online you like, just go with that. You don’t need ten options for one lesson! Also try pick art lessons based on art supplies you or the school already has rather than going out buying materials for one lesson.

 

Ask family and friends to save recyclables for you. I guarantee you will use them!

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I get back to as many people as I can when it comes to teaching practice. I do miss the odd message unfortunately because I am quite busy but I do my best!

 

Two- three pages is plenty for a lesson plan.

 

Photograph your displays , resources and so on to put in your folder for your inspector to see.

 

Stay on top of corrections and reflections and give meaningful feedback to pupils.

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