Day 10: Planning to be Ready

Every weekend during the school year, I spend my time getting ready for my weekly lessons. Not only do I plan the lessons but I also create games for the children in my class. Bingo, memory game, matching games, dominos. These games are fun ways for the children to learn French vocabulary and, while they are playing these games, they do not realise that they are learning. It is my third year working on contract for the Toronto District School Board and each year I add to my collection of games and vocabulary cards. Creating the cards take time but, with a laminating machine available at school, I am able to keep these games for the next year.

I know that there will come a time when I will not have to spend so much time preparing for my lessons. Once I am teaaching the same grade for more than a few years in a row, I will not have to plan new lessons or create new games. All I would be doing is improving on what I had done the previous year. I have taught grades 10 – 12 for 9 years in a row and the planning did get easier.

Planning is an important part of my work. With planning, I am ready to work with the children each day on what they are expected to learn during the school year.

photo (52)© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: ready)

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9 thoughts on “Day 10: Planning to be Ready

  1. I think many parents don’t realise how much time teachers spend in planning their lessons. When I taught school music, I spent many hours finding new songs, practising them at home and typing out the words for the overhead projector. It’s the only way to make your classes run smoothly.

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  2. I can appreciate your need for planning Colline, especially to have it all ready a week in advance.
    Your post reminded me of my Army days as a Medical instructor, lesson plans being made over the weekend prior, then when different levels of Medical students arrived, I had to upgrade the levels of my lesson plans, after ten years I was able to have lesson plans for each separate level, by this time I was able to teach without too much reference to plans. But it is time consuming but a necessary part of the teaching profession. By your posts Colline, I think you must be very adept with imagination.
    Kindest regards.

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    1. I have had to be Ian as I do want the children in my class to be engaged. I look forward to that time when the years have passed and all the lessons have been planned. 🙂

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