IS PLANNING NECESSARY?
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For the majority of us, being in the classroom is the reason we love our jobs. Being with our students, working together on language issues, helping our students learn: we love teaching. Planning, though, is another story. Planning can take a lot of time, it can be frustrating and it can be boring, which brings us to the logical question: is it really necessary?
And we hate to say it, but yes, it is.
There are numerous reasons why we are taught on our TEFL course to plan our lessons and it’s hard to fault the logic behind it. However, planning need not be the painful experience it can turn out to be. Let’s look at a few ways planning for our TEFL lessons is necessary, but possibly not in the way that you thought.
Planning isn’t a piece of paper
Planning in the traditional sense of the word means writing a lesson plan in detail, with aims and procedures and justifications. In the end you have a 3-page document for a 60-minute lesson and it probably took you more time to write the plan than teach the lesson!
Instead, let’s think about the process of planning. Planning makes you identify the aims of the lesson and come up with the best way to get there. What’s important for you to know when you walk into the classroom, is what is going to happen that will result in your students learning. You do not need to think of the justifications or the theories behind what you are doing, because you have already considered that.
So why should your lesson be on a piece of paper? Some teachers find it adequate to scribble an action plan on a piece of scrap paper or on the side of the board or on their hand. Wherever you put it (if anywhere), as long as you know what you need to be doing, it still counts as planning.
Planning identifies problems before they happen
We plan so we know what we are doing in class. But we also plan so that we can think about what is going to happen in the class before it actually does. As teachers we naturally run through our plans in our head, rehearsing the different stages of the lesson. This is another reason we need to plan.
Thinking through our lessons beforehand helps us predict problems. We can anticipate any difficulties our learners may have and so think of solutions or ways to avoid them. This may be in terms of both classroom management and language learning issues.
Planning should not be set in stone
We all know how often our plans change halfway through the lesson, often for a reason we couldn’t have anticipated. Planning should be flexible and adaptable and by its very nature, then, it cannot be formally conceived before it has taken place.
It is one of our greatest skills as teachers that we can think on our feet and if a desire for or a perceived need to stick to a plan derails us from doing so, then that plan is fatally flawed.
Basically, planning is essential for a successful lesson, but rather focus on the principles of planning and consider why we plan than waste precious time figuring out how to put your ideas into a formal plan.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.