The Teacher’s Survival Kit for Lesson Planning! Tips & 1000s of Free Lesson Plans


I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. – Socrates

Within the garden of learning is the students’ gained knowledge put into use. The way we design our lessons and activities determine how successful our learners will be in grasping new knowledge. We also have to ensure students pass tests and achieve learning objectives. Our lessons can help us achieve both. We don’t possibly have enough time to design incredible lessons for every objective, but on the web we can find 1000s of great lessons created by teachers that we can adapt to meet our students’ needs. Below, find resources, templates, and websites to help you design this year’s lesson plans. Download the slides of my presentation, Lesson Design Tips and Resources

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Tips

Anthony Gaughin talks about a GREAT lesson having these elements:

  • G- group dynamic
  • R- relevance to learners’ lives and needs
  • E-emergent language and ideas focus
  • A- attentiveness
  • T- thoughtfulness

To this list I would add flexibility. We need to leave room in our lessons for our students to take the learning where it needs to go.

Templates

Some of us need a framework from which to build our lessons. This can be a structured template, sketchnote, or mind map of our lesson plan. As an experienced teacher, I prefer less framework and I like to map out my lesson.

Sites For Free Lesson Plans

Free ESL Lesson Plan Sites

Here are a few places to find free lesson plans to teach English in any subject or to any age level! You can also access these in my PearlTree of Bookmarked Sites.

Challenge: Adapt one of the great lesson plans you find on these resources to meet your learners’ needs.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

Bookmarks

Lesson Plan Resources ELT and Teach Meet International Online 2012 in Shelly Sanchez Terrell (shellyterrell)

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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