Dear Editor, I would like to draw the kind attention of DSEJ in general and higher authority of education in Doda Distt.particularly about the concern through your esteemed daily newspaper. Modern education is about producing workers to perpetuate the secularised ,capitalist system and not about producing thinkers. Thinkers change system and shift paradigms and so modern education is as careful as it can be avoided producing too many people who are capable of sustained critical thinkers. We all know that teachers spend a lot of time preparing lesson plans rather than focusing on how well they deliver those lessons. This is a complete wastage of time.This is one he’ll of a statement. In our Distt. Doda a process of providing quality education to students is at its peak where DIET Doda issued 31 point programme to every school to be follow in letter and spirit. It is impressed upon all Teachers, Masters and Lecturer to prepare lesson plans for teaching students from primary to higher secondary level including other 30 points to be followed. I realise I have not written anything for this blog for quite some time. So I am really glad to write some thing about the teacher’s pedagogic abilities. Without this it would be impossible to determine the extent of the teacher’s teaching abilities. Every one know a great planner when one read their lesson plan, but one know a great teacher when one see them. While the lesson plan might reveal some interesting things about the decision taken by the teacher, I don’t think it is necessary to determine the extent of the teacher’s teaching abilities, because the only thing it does determine is the extent of teachers planning abilities. And is just one of many skills of effective English teachers. What I definitely object to though are the incredibly detailed lesson plans we are obliged to write for formal observations. Firstly they do not reflect how we plan on a day to day basis. Let’s be honest any good teacher will prepare and plan for their classes in one way or the other. I will often visualise the different stages, interaction pattern, lesson aims and go over the various options. I could use in the class without writing too much down.The best decision come to me on the spot. They depend on students on their mood, on what happens in the class, and on countless other unpredictable factors. Which brings me to my second objection. One can’t plan for the unpredictable. And what happens in class is to a lesser or greater extent about the lesson, it’s aims, possible interaction patterns, predicting setbacks and devising solutions to them are all part and parcel of preparing for a successful lesson, I can’t see how writing them down in their former of an ever more complex and detailed lesson plan will help one effectively respond to what happens in the classroom. Teaching is not about managing the delivery of a lesson plan. Unfortunately though both teacher training courses as well as in house observations place great importance on thorough lesson planning. Because as we are told there is a direct correlation between a good lesson plan and a lesson success. Really? When preparing for my last observation I spent several hours writing the plan and preparing materials. According to the feedback I received the lesson went well but I did not feel the hours of prepaid off. I didn’t feel it was a particularly outstanding lesson. And I am pretty sure I would have taught a similarly effective lesson with 10% of the time put into planning. And would have been much less stressed about to stick to the lesson stages. So might have respond to students immediate queries and needs better too. So why are we told by trainers and observers to prepare a detailed lesson plans? Perhaps because they provide comfort to the novice and to certify the novice’s ability. Perhaps be cause it is part of what most teachers to do.Perhaps because the observers or trainees actually believe that how the plan looks reflect in a way how the lesson is going to plan out. It shows that the trainee is diligent and had carefully thought about the lesson. This belief though is underpinned by the misconception that teachers can control what students learn. Lesson plan doesn’t prepare the trainee for the daily teaching and planning routine. It is stressful time consuming and not environmental you friendly. Successful teaching is much more than a well written lesson plan.Our attitude to lesson plans is full of hypocrisy too. On the one hand ad teachers we produce long lesson plan each time we are observed, because we are required to by the observer even though we doubt whether they help us develop professionally or deliver a more effective lesson. On the other hand as observers we expect adherence to one and only true attitude to planning even though we know that it’s neither the only one nor the best nor the most practical or realistic one While the ability to plan is important and needs to be cultivated we must not forget about the countless other skills which a successful teacher needs. And to help the teacher develop them we don’t need to see an agonisingly long lesson plan every time we observe a class. Last but not least our higher authority of education DSEJ and DIET Doda should read and follow this detailed letter that is published throughout the all daily newspapers of J&K State and not stick decade old method of teaching in this present 21st century. Mool Raj, R/O Bhagota (Panjsoo), Distt&Teh Doda.
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