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1A WHY PLAN

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1A WHY PLAN "Fail to plan and plan to fail'' ( Woolhouse, Jones & Rees 2001) Planning is of vital importance to any lecturer who wishes to conduct a successful lesson for a number of reasons. It allows a lecturer to take many key factors into consideration such as, the learner's needs and the principles they may use during the course of the lesson. These factors alone can be conducive toward the confidence in their teaching methods and will be reflected during the course of the lesson. ( Curzon, 1990) Careful planning is not only expected from lecturers in the short term but also in the long term. Lecturers are expected to organize several sessions based upon the curriculum or syllabus of a given subject area, over the academic year. This means that time taken in certain teaching and learning areas has to be taken into account. As one particular area may be of greater significance and importance than another and planning should take these factors into account. Once again knowing your students may also be taken into consideration. There may be academic limitations between one group of students and another. (Woolhouse, Jones & Rees 2001) As already stated there are many factors to be considered when organization of lessons is taking place. ...read more.

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Planning Planning in learning is very important. For my own teaching I use a scheme of work that helps me to view the session outcomes and resources needed for me to complete my module (refer to appendix one). From the scheme of work is where we design our session plan for each lesson that we teach (refer to appendix two for four session plan). A session plan is the best way to plan any lesson because it contains information such as the group you are teaching, topic, date, length of session, aims, objectives, resources that you need, tutor activities, learner activities, differentiation methods, learning styles and evaluation of session. With my session plan it helps me to organize my class and gather my resources in advance so my sessions could run as smoothly as possible. Learner needs All learners are different and have their own needs and ways of learning. This could include learning styles, differentiation, motivation and the environment in which learning is taking place. Learning styles There are four main types of learning styles; these are activist, reflector, pragmatist and theorist. Activists - are open-minded and learn through doing Reflectors - learn through reflection and discussion Pragmatists - learn by testing and trying out ideas Theorists - learn by carefully thinking ideas through. ...read more.

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We produce resources because they can enhance students learning experiences. Through using a mixture of the abovementioned resources we can ensure that learners needs are being met in order to remember and understand what is being taught to them. Teachers can use resources many times and can make changes to them as and when necessary, for example a handout can be used with many groups. Justification for the use of resources Worksheets are used to reinforce information delivered and furthermore to assess the knowledge gained through exposition. (Refer to Appendix 3) Conclusion Howe (1993) suggests, "It is easy to say that learning is important, but its very familiarity can lead us to forget how total is our dependence on being able to learn. In and out of school, learning is a major force in almost every aspect of human life." Equal opportunities play a key role in today's society and it is vital for a teacher to treat his/her learners with equal opportunity. Teachers should not treat anyone differently because of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, social class, disability, age, appearance etc. Whenever learning is being taken place it should be well planned Teachers need to make sure that learners' needs are being met no matter what methods and resources they use. Teachers should always remember that learners are all unique and they all learn in different ways. ...read more.

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