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When Lessons Go Wrong – Survival Tips

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08 November 2017

You’ve spent hours carefully planning and preparing for this afternoons lesson; coming up with new ideas to engage your students with the subject matter.  And then… they don’t. No matter how hard you try, your students are distracted, non-responsive to the material and are generally mis-behaving.

Keep your Cool

Once you notice your lesson is not going to plan, the most important thing to do is remain calm.  Getting flustered won’t help you turn the situation around and in fact is likely to make the situation worse. Instead take a few deeps breaths and consider your plan of action, and just remember this has happened to every teacher at some point in their career.

Realise which part of the lesson isn’t working

Not only will this help you try to steer the lesson in the right direction, it will also help you plan for the next time you teach this lesson, and prevent this from possibly happening again.  It’s also worth considering that sometimes it can be harder to gain your students full attention due to factors outside of your control, such as events at break-times.

Have a back-up plan

A back-up lesson is especially important when teaching to avoid losing a whole period. Having something you fall back on will stop you having to think on your feet and reduce the stress of the situation.

End on a high-note

This may be easier said than done, but a positive task or activity towards the end of the class will not only give the pupils a happier lasting impression of the lesson, it will also help to you to feel less stressed about the last hour of teaching.

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