I used to think, back in the days when I knew everything, that I was such a good teacher that I could just walk in with the vaguest sense of what I planned to teach, deliver my lesson, and my students would get it. When they didn’t, I’d find myself asking, “What is wrong with these kids? I did everything I needed to do and they still don’t get it!”
If I could go back in time and mentor myself, I’d probably start by smacking me across the back of the head.
The fact of the matter is, back then, I didn’t do everything I needed to do. I didn’t plan consistently and when I did, it was not a purposeful project.
Walking into the classroom without a lesson plan and expecting your students to learn is akin to throwing random ingredients into a pot and hoping they come out tasting good. Could it happen? Sure. Is it likely? No.
Lesson planning is a part of teaching that can’t be overlooked. Plans need to be thoughtfully prepared with the students in your class in mind. Otherwise, you’ll be serving up glop that no one wants to touch.