When I started tutoring my biggest dread was, along with running out of things to do before the end of the lesson, appearing unorganised or unprofessional.
Having recently been on a course to teach how to work in a classroom, I adapted and transferred my knowledge from this course into my new life as a tutor.
What is the main focus for the lesson?
What level of knowledge does the student have at the moment?
Are there any specific resources that you have used previously that have proven particularly effective?
What is this particular student’s learning style?
In this example I will imagine an 11 year old child with a focus on building vocabulary.
I start by breaking the hour into chunks of about 5 and 10 minutes in time (this will vary according to the age group / concentration span of the child).
I appreciate that each activity will quite possibly last longer than the allocated length of time, but I explain to the parents the plan is only a guide but using this method ensures I won’t run out of activities before the hour concludes.
During the first 5 minutes I will explain the activities we have to choose from and ask if the child has a preference to which we do.
The activities will vary from: Bananagrams (my version), funny pictures, describe the picture, how many words from…, A to Z of…, to name but a few. I will normally plan the activities around a specific theme relating to what the child is learning about at school, a specific interest of the child or other relevant / specific area of learning.
As we work through the activities I will take notes to assist with the planning for the following lesson.
As I write the plan, I will highlight the resources we will need to complete each task:
Describe the picture; a picture to describe and pens to write our suggestions down with.
In your plan you may also need to highlight any additional risks to be aware of; I used to keep a pair of scissors in my bag for activities involved cutting out. One lad I worked with tried cutting himself with them. Once aware of this I was able to swap my usual scissors for a pair which had rounded ends and were more suited for children of a younger age than those I was actually working with.
Also allow space in your plan to explain the activity and the learning outcome to the parent if you are going to be passing this plan onto the parent.
Be sure to allow space to write a review on how the activity went: did the child enjoy the activity? At what level were they able to access it and how do these activities need amending / expanding for next time?
In a nutshell this is how I would go about planning a lesson.
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