As teachers, we live to be creative and find new and better ways to help children learn.
But equally, as teachers, we have an immense workload and it can be really difficult to make all the hours add up in the day.
Many of us turn to premade TES lesson plans as a way of squaring the circle.
But using somebody else’s lesson plan and being creative don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Here are 5 fun ideas for personalising a pre-made plan.
Develop the Lesson
Just because the plan has been made in advance, it doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. This is particularly important when looking at differentiation. What similar challenges would be suitable for less able, or your gifted, students? How can you develop on the theme of the original?
Make it Relevant
Depending on where your lesson plan came from, some can be quite old and generic. How can you really make it relevant by adding in things in the news or that come from the students’ experience. Instead of measuring the angles on a sheet of paper could they measure the angles your buildings around the school?
Personalise with Your Favourite Tasks
Every teacher, and every class has their favourite tasks – how can you incorporate them into your lesson plan to make it extra engaging? If your MFL group likes doing wordsearches could you add a wordsearch task as a starter to a premade plan covering a new topic?
Change the Delivery Method
You could cover the same topic but in a different way to adapt a plan to the needs of your students or what your school offers. The opportunities are endless – a suitable video from Youtube, acting out the content or even getting the students to prepare the lesson themselves and teach it to each other. Adding some interesting delivery methods can easily give a premade plan more pizzazz.
Go Cross Curricular
Just because you’re a science teacher, doesn’t mean you have to pick science lesson plans. How would an RE teacher address the question of reproductive ethics, or a drama teacher, or an English teacher? Why not take lesson plans from other subjects and try personalising those instead?
If you have other ideas, I’d love to hear them. Either respond in the comments or tweet me @creativeedu