Let’s be honest as good as a lesson plan as we all are do we really stick to them? Do we need them for every lesson? And what a boring task they are to write, right!
Okay so we need them to know what we are doing and to share our lessons amongst the department. We would also be pretty lost without them as a cover teacher coming in and not having one. That is one of every supply teacher worst nightmares, walking in with nothing prepared and realising there are no plans either. Of course we improvise but that still that moment of panic.
In all truthfulness some of my best lessons are ones that go a mile away from my lesson plan and end up in some really creative joyful place that the students themselves have led me too. This is easier in creative subjects but it does happen everywhere; English lessons that divert into talking about Shakespeare over Poe instead of emotive language. A cookery class that discusses the consequences of modern farming when you should have been making a flow chart about fish fingers; I love finding these pathways of untouched learning ground and I simply wouldn’t walk them if I always stuck to my lesson plan.
On the reverse of this, teaching someone else lessons can be a whole different nightmare. What is relevant to one teacher is not to another. What is clearly explaining something to one will make no sense to you and so being able to come away from your lesson plans is in fact a skill that we should all develop as teachers, just perhaps don’t do this in Ofsted week.