Unit 1

Teacher Preparation and Planning 

Introduction

In this opening Unit to Module 3, the key issues of teacher preparation and planning for learning will be addressed. After discussion of the importance of lesson planning, two distinctive levels of planning will be considered:

  • medium term planning, which could take the form of a unit of work, explaining an outline of what is to be covered over a period of a few weeks,
  • and short term planning - the individual lesson plan.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this Module, students will have

  • understood the importance of effective planning
  • considered different forms of planning
  • evaluated different approaches to the structuring of lesson plans
  • thought about the Internet as a resource for lesson planning
  • used Vygotsky's concept of the ZPD as a medium to think about more child-centred approaches to lesson planning.