TOP TIPS FOR REDUCING PREP TIME
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Planning lessons and writing lesson plans can be boring and time-consuming. Sometimes we get stuck, simply because we are not sure which of a hundred ideas is the best one. Always we want our lessons to be amazing and spectacular and so we can spend hours trying to come up with incredibly creative and ingenious ways of teaching, and trying to find the perfect materials to support these ideas.
Thankfully, that’s really not necessary. In lesson planning, the simpler, the better. As teachers, though a lot of our work is done outside the classroom – both before and after the lesson – we need to save our energy and our brainpower to tackle whatever happens in the classroom. Our interactions with our students should be what’s important, not what we do in the staffroom, so follow these three tips and you will cut down on your preparation time and still have effective lessons.
1. Make the most of your materials
It can take a long time to find the right materials to support our lessons, and an even longer time to develop and write our own, so it can be disheartening to use a resource for only five minutes. Instead, look at ways you can make the most of your materials to make them last longer.
For example, if you have found a great reading text, use the topic of the text to create a discussion before the reading activity; use the same text to create a gap-fill activity or a word transformation activity; or, divide the text and turn it into an information-gap activity.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you keep any materials you make or find, and keep them where you know where to find them! If you laminate any pieces of paper for an activity or flashcards, keep them so that next time you use them you will save time.
2. Personalise your lessons
Always try to relate the topic of the lesson to your learners, their lives, their experiences and their opinions. By doing this, you will be able to do a whole range of activities which don’t involve any paper or materials. For example, if your lesson revolves around vocabulary relating to technology, ask your learners to compare how they use technology in their daily lives, or let them come up with a list of they think are the most important inventions of the century. These can all be speaking activities so they need no extra materials. What’s more, relating topics to your learners makes the contents of the lessons more memorable.
3. Start at the end
The most important part of the lesson is usually what is done at the end of the lesson, the accomplishment of the main aim. Don’t spend ages trying to think of a cool warmer or a fun revision game. Focus on the main aim of the lesson, come up with an activity that will achieve that, and the rest of the lesson should flow from there.
There’s no need to spend your life planning your lessons. If you use these few methods, you’ll be able to focus on the more important issues of teaching.
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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.