Lesso!n plans,due every Monday morning for the last 18 years!Why are they necessary or are they necessary? As much as I am not a big fan of writing the lesson plans, they do make me really plan what I am going to do and the way in which I plan to do it. They offer me a timeline in which I can chart the learning/teaching path for my students. Each lesson helps me to build upon what they have learned and how best they were able to learn. I make a point to make notes of which lessons were successful and which ones were not. I also have gotten in the habit of referring back to previous plans,not to repeat, but to be used as a resource. As I look back it appears that I have employed the DID model all along!
I cannot stress the importance of knowing your learner! If you do not know your learner, how would you ever know how best to teach them! Sometimes it takes weeks other times you can figure them out right away! Accommodate them,some children must be able to fidget even though it might drive us crazy! The environment can and must be arranged to allow for this activity. Using various media will help to keep them engaged and wanting to learn more.