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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Week 4: Technology lesson plan?

Well, here we are in the middle of the 4th week of our course. So far, everything is all right. I feel more relaxed, I fell calmer, I have already got used to the course, to your blogs, to your comments on my blog...

Now, I'd like to tell you some words about technology lesson plan. When I first heard about it, I thought it's something related to mechanics, or electricity, or technology in general. What a mistake!

Since I graduated the CELTA course last autumn I have been using their lesson plan template. I thought it's the best as it makes me take into account my students' presumed knowledge, my self-aims, it has a rubric where I can insert my meaning and instruction check questions... shortly, I thought there can't be anything better than it! I was so wrong... The technology lesson plan is far better. Even if at the beginning I was a bit disappointed and I even talked about this in a post on Nicenet, when I actually started designing my own lesson plan using this template, I could find all the rubrics I thought were lost.

There are many things I like about this lesson plan, but two of them are my favorite: the first one is that I have to write clearly where I downloaded my information from - in this way, I am protected, and here I mean the copyright. There are many many teachers who simply copy a page from a book, without mentioning the book, the author, etc. My second favorite thing is that I have to think about a plan B in case things don't work as I planned.

Now, I will use this lesson plan for my future lessons which involve technology. By the way, on Monday I will teach the lesson I described on Nicenet. I will make pictures and share everything with you.


  1. Hello Nadina,

    I like the way you present the situations. I feel better each time I read them. I have been sick for 6 days. It has not been easy and my daughter used to complain about my computer homework. I explained her that I have assignments as her at school. Well tomorrow I will go with her to the swimming pool.
    Your blog is nice. I would like to know how I can check when I read other’s blog information like yours.



  2. Hi Nadina!

    I agree with you when you say that this structure for the lesson plan is very good! It is objective and clear, even goes beyond the actual lesson, preparing the next one, when we have to think of a homework.

    I would also include in this plan the possibility of asking the students to do a follow up activity, not just like a homework but something of greater coomplexity and duration related to what they had to do that day! Why not?!

    The part about always having a second plan in case something goes wrong is truly essential but in fact many times overlooked by teachers! As for the copyright, it comes without saying that it MUST be respected!

    Very nice ideas!


  3. Hello Nadina,
    First of all, thank you for the thoughtful comment you left for me in my blog. Your insight are to the point and I shall take them into consideration.
    CELTA has always interested me professionally and I sometime participate in the online activities they organise in their moodle platform. In fact I have been able to get some friends there.
    Shall we call it "a lesson plan" or "lesson planning"? what makes the difference is that you can get a lesson plan from any source and implement it into your classes, but I don't think it would work as if you it's you who have planned it. Planning is therefore a process in which plenty of criteria should be taken into consideration. No one knows your students better than you. Therefore if it happened to takes a ready-made lesson plan, teachers should revisit it making necessary changes. It a matter of adopting and adapting. Otherwise, the outcomes would not be very satisfactory. What do you think?