So this is an idea. It’s in its infancy I admit but I’m hoping that writing this might bring some new ideas to the fray.
What I’ve noticed
Is that people talk about lesson ideas a lot on twitter. And something I spotted from some NQTs, some PGCE students and some long time teachers was that sometimes you have no idea how to start teaching a topic – what activities to do, what questions to start with, what should you expect as responses, how long should it take to cover whatever it is you’re doing, what examples should you use to avoid common misconceptions, what should/n’t you do when explaining? I was lucky on my PGCE, in my first two years of teaching, and this year when I taught 2 new courses; there were resources everywhere in the departments and my colleagues were supportive.
But what if you’re not surrounded by that warm fuzzy blanket.
Or what if you are the only one teaching a course?
Or what if ‘here take this worksheet’ isn’t what you need?
We’re lucky that we can call on our friends across the world for ideas and tasks, but sometimes just getting the activity isn’t enough – you have questions but you don’t want to pester the writer any more; you read the blog post and want to use the activity but what about how to intro? or what works as a plenary?
Because the other thing I’ve noticed is that a LOT of teachers don’t work or plan in isolation. Mathalicious is a team that plans lessons. My sister does most of her planning as a Year 5 team¹. My favourite experiences from my PGCE were sat with my group bouncing ideas and growing them into lessons. My best lessons often come from talking it over with others and my lessons ALWAYS improve with feedback. So why not get that before I teach it?
So my idea…
Is to try to recapture that from my PGCE days and share it with people. I am not a lesson planning guru, but I do like to talk about teaching and lessons and planning. So maybe I should ask people to do that.
If you have a topic you’d love to chat about either because it’s causing you grief to plan or because you have something you would like to share let’s get on google hangout and have it out.
Let’s throw a gdoc together and write a lesson plan
Let’s create resources as a group and then use them
Let’s ask questions of each other before we go into to the classroom not after
Let’s have some fun writing lessons as a team.
If you are interested let me know!
¹: Or my mum. Listening to them plan lessons for 10 year olds is AWESOME