Anatomy of a Challenging Lesson


Over the last year or so I seem to have slipped into a way of structuring a large percentage of my lessons in a particular way. I have to admit that this has worried me – I’ve always been an avid agitator against structures that are prescribed from above upon teachers, feeling that these are very often designed to control the way lessons are taught and consequently lead to a constriction of creativity and flexibility. As an English teacher, these are probably two of the most important qualities that I want from my lessons. Creativity is essential on my part in the planning of lessons, but more importantly, I would argue, in the lesson itself, and this is inherently linked to flexibility. The way we respond to the unforeseen and myriad spontaneous emergencies that arise within every lesson is what makes our lessons effective, and this is what makes me…

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