Not all lessons go to plan.
I know – you spend hours trying to plan that perfect lesson, getting the right resources, making sure students will learn but have fun too, making it accessible for all students – and then, it just doesn’t work. The plan fails. The students don’t like it, it wasn’t as fun as you had hoped, not all students could access the learning. Well…. this happens. To all teachers. And it is totally OK.
Sometimes our lessons don’t go to plan, but it doesn’t mean it is a total disaster, or that you failed or that nothing was learnt.
When this happens, it is up to you to make it meaningful, to ask what you can learn from it, to ask the students what they learnt, and this might not be just academic.
When this happens, the best thing to do is stop. Actually stop the lesson. Tell the students you can see this isn’t working and stop. Talk to them. Make a plan together, try again together.
There is always an opportunity to learn from the fail.
Somewhere along the way, we lose our desire to innovate, take risks and possibly fail. As teachers we want our students to succeed, which means we too want to succeed. This often looks like predictable lessons, safe lessons and lessons we know the ending to.
There is no dreaming here.
So next time you plan a lesson – DREAM BIG.
What’s the worst that can happen? ….you will only fail.