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 NOR BAHIYAH BT MD. RAFIDI
You are a teacher in a new school. You are assignedto teach two classes of a similar year but withdifferent abilities. As such, you need to consider various factors before planning a lesson including thedifferent approaches. You are considering thefollowing:
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“Effective teaching in Mathematics begins withthoughtful planning”. Do you agree with thestatement? Provide your reasons.(4 marks)
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1.0EFFECTIVE TEACHING IN MATHEMATICS BEGINS WITHTHOUGHTFUL PLANNING
Writing lesson plans helps me create effective lessons. While not the onlyfactor in effective teaching, I believe “the more organized a teacher is, the moreeffective the teaching, and thus the learning, is” (Lesson Planning). Planningrequires vision, and when I write a lesson plan, I envision a classroom of motivated students and think about how I can make it happen, how I can bestcommunicate information, best use materials, and best engage students in activelearning. A plan also keeps the class purposely focused, thereby making efficientuse of our limited time. Adding to both efficacy and efficiency, a written plan helpsme anticipate possible problem areas, allowing me to eliminate some before theyoccur and think of ways to work with others that will no doubt arise.When my ideas are written down in an organized plan, I can better see thedetails and tie even small components of the lesson to studentslives,experience, and our previous lessons- ties that might not so readily spring tomind when I am in the middle of a class. Connections satisfy important needs of adult learners: seeing “the big picture” and relevancy. Reviewing the parts of thewhole also helps me verify that the lesson includes. Spencer (1998)recommended a variety of learning activities which are interactive, meet their [thestudents] learning styles and prompt critical thinking and problem-solvingAnother benefit of a written lesson plan is that it bolsters my students’perceptions of me as a knowledgeable professional who can guide them throughtheir learning. This perception is a positive force in the class. When students areaware I have a thoughtful plan, they know that I share their sense of urgency for 
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accomplishment and recognize their desire for bottom-line results. If a studentbalks at working with a partner, or a few worry why I don’t correct every error ontheir papers, I can respond intelligently as an expert because when I planned mylesson, I gave thought to the principles behind every step. Students decide howthey want to proceed after hearing my reasons.Having a lesson plan makes it easy to share with students what we aredoing and why. Adult learners expect to be treated as partners in the learningprocess and have the cognitive curiosity to want to know what is going on.According to Kizlik (2006) “giant step toward owning the content they teach andthe methods they use” understanding lesson objectives and the strategies usedto reach them goes a long way towards the students “owning” their learning.Last, a written lesson plan aids in my professional development. To be areflective teacher, I need some sort of record of lessons so I can debrief myself. Ireview my lesson plan and note things that were done differently, unexpectedoutcomes, student reactions, future improvements, ideas for follow up, etc.Looking back at weeks of annotated lesson plans reveals patterns, influences,and recurring problem areas, awareness of which keep me tuned in andresponsive to student needs.Taking the time to write a thoughtful plan forces me to consider theindividuality of my students and how they will respond. Planning makes me facepedagogical decisions based on what works best for my students and not justwhat works best for me. With all that I have to consider going into each class, Ican’t imagine not laying out a plan in advance, yet I know I can deviate from it asnecessary. My plan is but a proposal, after all, that begins to undergo subtle
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