Lesson planning and behaviour management: tips for new teachers
Finding your bearings in the classroom as a new teacher can be a challenge. Get a headstart by reading our tops tips on lesson planning and behaviour management.
Lesson planning can pose a daunting challenge for new teachers who may feel unprepared when tasked with writing comprehensive lesson plans from day one in the classroom.
It’s important to remember that there are often school requirements or systems in place for lesson planning. Consulting these established requirements should be your first step before planning a lesson.
Top tips for successful lesson planning
- Consult your calendar before you start planning. Determine how many lessons you will need to plan and how many classes will be lost to school events or public holidays.
- Remember that your lesson plans can be used in your portfolio and performance review process. Make sure your lessons are clearly linked to the professional standards.
- Know who to ask for help. Draw on your professional network of fellow teachers, whether mentors, university friends or online groups.
- Aim to make your lesson plans functional and sustainable. Streamlining documentation where possible will be more efficient in the long run.
Placing a strong focus on behaviour management can also help to ensure that planned lessons run smoothly. Attendees at our union’s lesson planning training sessions held in January shared their own learned tips about managing student behaviour while implementing planned lessons.
Top tips for managing student behaviour during lessons
- Use getting-to-know-you activities carefully and make sure you tailor them to the year level and/or subject you are teaching.
- Think about the physical layout of your classroom and whether planned activities are practical for the space.
- Be ready to explain to students “why” you are doing a particular activity or task.
- Involve students in housekeeping tasks such as closing/opening windows and tidy up to show them how to follow instructions.
- Break up your lessons and incorporate physical movement into the activities, particularly for younger students.
- Start developing your professional toolkit from day one by making note of techniques and strategies that work for you.
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