Making Lesson Plans Preference - Detailed or Semi Detailed?

United States
January 13, 2008 1:53am CST
Are you a teacher, an intern of a teaching profession? What kind of lesson plan do you usually make everyday? What do you think is best - a detailed or a semi-detailed one. When I was in college, during my internship, we were required to write our lesson plans in detailed. Even answers yes or no are included as well as the response or I may see possible responses of the students. But I can't see any sense about it. We cannot guarantee that the procedures in a detailed lesson plan can always be followed. We cannot always guarantee that your questions will be answered the same as what you have written in the lesson plan because Some students respond differently. Writing a detailed lesson plans is just a big haste for a teacher, time consuming and would sometimes make the teacher ineffective. Because she cannot elaborate topics according to how the class goes, he/she will always follow the lesson plan she has made.
5 responses
• China
1 Feb 08
Most of the lesson plans I use are already laid out for me and they are semi-detailed. When I'm writing my own, I keep things more open ended depending on what level of students I'm teaching. I teach ESL Conversation classes and the higher the level, the less structure is needed. In my mind I do try to plan out the possibility of what could go wrong and what could go right but beyond that it's not worth it to get lost in the minutiae of writing a lesson plan with all the possibilities laid out.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
14 Jan 08
I think if you know the subject matter and you have a solid guideline for what you want to cover you do not have to go into compete detail. My years ago I used to teach computer programming and I was teaching about nested loops and I used the letter that I used and I had been taught I & J or M & N to illustrate what i was talking about. One of the students asked me if you HAD to use those letters, since those were what I always used. I looked around the room and decided to see who was awake. And I answered the question with 'No, you can use whatever you want. You can use A & B or X & Y or even S & M (these were adults I was teaching) and I got some laughter. After that the students paid a bit more attention to see when I would slip in some more humor. I would NOT have put it in a lesson plan, but it was effective.
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@lucy67 (819)
• China
13 Jan 08
whether a detailed or semi-detailed lesson depends on how experienced you are to the teaching profession. if you are a green hand you'd better write a detailed one. abut a detailed one doesn't necessarily mean you have to write the student's answer on it because sometimes you can't foresee it. however it does help you if you try to foresee your student's possible answers and get yourself well prepared for them. besides as a good teacher, you should not only prepare your lesson plan very well but aso have the ability to tackle the sudden change in class.
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
I am a teacher and i prefer to use semi-detailed lesson plan. If you use detailed it can consume most of your time. Yes, it's also happening to me. I know the public schools have a ready made lesson plans and all you need to do is be creative in presenting it.
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Hello honeylore23! I am a teacher too and I graduated last oct. 2007 and got my license last april 2008. We are really required to make detailed lesson plan during college days starting 3rd year college. I really hate doing it. Like you, it's only a hassle writing detailed and writing what are the expected responses of the students etc. But now, I think the teachers are requiring us to do so or even the principals for them to know how we will teach the class. I mean, how we interact to the children and some possible questions we will throw to the students.