Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer break. This is the time when we get familiar with the language of work again….. and also the time when you are preparing  your lesson plans. A lot of effort goes into lesson planning and it is always time well spent. I have attached a lesson plan format to share with you as it is one that has worked for me in the past.  If you have a format that you would like to share please share it through this website.

We all know the importance of having a lesson plan whether we are delivering 1:1, unaccredited or tuition that leads to QQI accreditation. Knowing what you want to achieve in your precious time with learners is essential. Equally important is being prepared for the unexpected. A good lesson plan can keep you on track and focussed while also providing you with time to recognise ‘teachable moments’.

I am attaching a cartoon that I found to be very interesting – click here to download it – How to Draw Up a Lesson Plan Marek Bennett 2015.While the English used is American English the message is funny and clever and is a fresh way of looking at an ‘old’ topic.  This cartoon is also available online here. In fact the cartoon deals with a lot more than the nuts and bolts of drawing up a lesson plan, it also helps focus on differentiation, on meeting learners’ needs and the importance of reflective practice. These are all essential ‘tools’ in any tutors ‘kit’.

While I hope you enjoy reading through this, I also hope that you get something useful from it to help you in your lesson planning. Here’s a sample lesson plan for you to look at –  Sample Lesson Plan 

Aoife McCormack

County Adult Literacy Organiser