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UK Lesson Plans: Work with What You are Given

Kirstie is a Canadian Secondary Teacher in Watford. Her Protoblog today focuses on the differences in lesson planning in Canada and UK and how best to "work with what you are given"! Enjoy...

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Work With What You Are Given

It didn’t take long to see the difference between planning lessons in Canada and planning lessons in the UK.

Before starting my teaching post here in England, I was handed over schemes of work with detailed lessons, week by week. Learning objectives, activities, worksheets….everything was ready for me. This is great, I thought, all I have to do is teach it!

Wrong! There is a lot of modification that needs to be done based on your classes, students and their work habits. You have to see how your students work best, and modify from there.

In that sense, it is a lot more difficult to be handed a scheme of work when you know your class is:

a) more advanced than that or

b) needs a few classes to fully understand the concept you are teaching.

It is difficult to stay with the scheme and knowing you are sharing classes and trying to stay at the same pace as other teachers is definitely stressful until you get the hang of it.

The key is communicating with the other teachers and checking if deadlines to complete a unit are final. After all, you don’t want to rush your students just for the sake of covering everything when all they are hearing is “Waah wah wah waaah waaah wah wah.” 

Use the schemes you are given to your advantage! You know what you have to cover and when it needs to be done by, but get creative! Once you know your students and how they learn best, the possibilities are endless!

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Tags: Kirsten, Overseas Teacher, Canadian Teacher, Supply Teacher, Protocol Education, Lesson Plans, Secondary School, Teach in UK

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