Written by Matt @GuangzhouWorlda #ESL #Guangzhou #Roadmap #Summary
Recently, we have shared a couple of methods about how to integrate different elements into your teaching, and how to use different methods to level up your teaching. I have to admit that the posts are bit of lengthy, though probably of help. Links can be found below:
For now, we have talked about elements in teaching, teaching methodology, point system, and some activities, but the interrelation among different parts is barely touched. In this post, I’ll sum up what topics we have covered and also will try my best to structuralize a bit about our sharing. It’s for the purpose of showing you all a clear roadmap about the interrelation amongst different parts.
Though the diagram is self-explanatory, just in case some parts are not clear enough.
Core Value defers from school to school. Concepts are so merchandized as commodities displayed in department stores. We might have heard Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, IB, AP, IGCSE, S.A.T., ACT, countless different education systems and concepts holding different core values or different teaching ideologies. Here I am not comparing the pros and cons of each, but just trying to say, in order to convey the corresponding values of each system through lesson plans and lessons to the students, we have to at least figure out if we are delivering what we are supposed to. Teaching a lesson is just not as simple as being given some materials, making lesson plans, and delivering the lesson.
Curriculum and Syllabus
Under the guidance of the value, dogma, doctrine or teaching ideology above, we can step further to see if how they are realized in the curriculum, and so in the syllabus. Comparison of these two terms can be found here: Difference between syllabus and curriculum
They are like the roadmap in case we get lost in where we teach. They provide information about teaching aims, goals, objectives, contents and so on so forth. By spending some time exploring the syllabus, we are able to have a more thorough understanding about the correlation amongst different teaching modules and units.
Understanding parts above will help us make a comprehensive lesson plan, and we would be able to assess our lesson plans more adequately. For example, with a better knowledge of the syllabus, we can set more reasonable expectations towards our students. Since prior knowledge can be found (if not, a simple test will do), targets are elaborated, our lesson plans can be of better consistency and relevance. Most importantly, core values of what we are teaching can be revealed in the design of lesson plans as well. They would directly influence what activities and class organization we would use in the class.
Thus, it is very simple to prepare a lesson, as simple as stacking Jenga. Yet, it is very difficult to prepare a lesson, with some many elements and aspects to consider. But first of all, it would be of great help if we know how to unravel the myth of teaching pyramid.
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