Teaching Plans: Small Forms of Resistance #2

I have heard from people who teach that they are being asked to produce lesson plans. These include learning objectives, an idea of teaching methods and so on. Having been introduced to this kind of plan when I trained to be a teacher I can say with some certainty that they make no difference to lessons. If you employ a lazy, sadistic, or in some other way bad teacher they will teach badly. If you employ clever people and treat them well they will teach well, and all that they do will be relevant and enthusing. The best teaching is done in the moment, based on how a class is at a particular time. The worst when it sticks slavishly to  a schedule. What’s needed is trust. Not dogma.

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