(Courtesy of Zero
Prep by Laurel Pollard and Natalie Hess, Alta Book Co, 1997; by way
of Livermore/Pleasanton Adult Literacy Program)
working too hard can spoil our teaching life in at least
can make us too controlling. We as teachers feel that we need to learn
it all, know it all, use it all. Even when we have planned a student-centered
lesson, the plan comes from our heads, not the students'. An over-planned
lesson will inevitably make us less responsive to the moment.
can sometimes make us too busy and teacher-centered during class time
because we are tied to a plan. True learning is more exploratory and
allows for digressions and adjustments of time and focus based on students'
interest and attitudes. This approach increases the responsibility and
investment on the part of the students because they see their role in
(3) Being too busy
makes us exhausted and takes away some of the joy of learning and teaching.
When we are too tired to notice and tune in to our students, we are
less able to do good teaching. Lesson plans have value. Noticing the
difference between preparation and planning, however, allows teachers
to have a vision of where the class will go, while still allowing for
unexpected and valuable lessons to unfold.