The Power of Preparation

The Nigerian Teacher

Last year I attended a training course where we were discussing how effective teachers use ‘brilliant basics’ on a daily basis to create an atmosphere conducive for learning. One of such brilliant basics is preparation. What is the power of preparation?

This morning, I started out with a literacy lesson. The children were going to write a story from a video prompt and I wondered what to do to ensure that learning time was maximised. So what will they need for the learning to be successful? Did they need pens to make notes, will they need large pieces of paper to mind map ideas, is the video working ok? As I prepared for the children, it dawned on me that a large percentage of the success of the lesson will be dependent on my preparation for the learning.

Preparation and planning are a critical component of effective teaching. Lack thereof…

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