11 Lesson Plan Myths

24 April 2014 | reading time: 5 minutes

All Learning Comes from Books

Many teachers today still believe that students learn important research skills from books, magazine articles, encyclopedias, journals and other sources of information found on the library shelves. However, more students use technology and the Internet for school related research for homework assignments. A teacher can use the smart board in class to help students find credible Internet research sources for homework and class assignments.

Students Should Work Quietly and Independently

Some students may prefer to work quietly alone. Socially minded students have fun working on history projects with other students, solving mathematical problems together or working on science experiments in a group setting. Students can use a smart board to work in small groups under the supervision of a teacher. Teachers can monitor the groups to make sure all students are contributing to the group project equally with smart board software tools that will monitor student progress.

 Students Enjoy Writing about Summer Vacations

Most children are glad to go back to school to chat with their friends and classmates about what they did over the summer. Most children are bored when they are asked to write about their summer vacation. A smarter idea would be for the teacher to use the smart board to create a shape from an object that would represent what they enjoyed the most about summer vacation. They could arrange these shapes into individual windowpanes with colorful backgrounds.

Students Enjoy Taking Tests

In real life, many students can’t wait until the test is over. Most would rather not have to take a test. Instead, a better way to test student understanding of the material is to play a game using the smart board. Jeopardy and Twenty Questions are some fun alternatives to routine quizzes. Both of these games encourage class participation and the concept that choosing a wrong answer will help the student answer the question correctly the next time the game is played using the smart board.

Students Love a Micromanaging Teacher

Students want to be told what to do every minute of the school day and to follow the teacher around like obedient children. Every substitute teacher knows that this statement isn’t true. Students would rather receive the minimal guidance, direction and instruction from the teacher. They want more freedom to complete assignments without a teacher looking over their shoulder every minute of the day. Students would prefer to have some choice regarding the types of classroom activities they would prefer to do. A smart board can help students remain engaged in the lesson with the freedom to choose the assignment or activity to complete in class.

Students Enjoy Listening to Boring Lectures

Students are motivated to learn the lessons of the day when teachers understand and appreciate them. A smart board can help teachers present interesting and exciting material to students. These students will enjoy interactive lessons that will help them achieve individual academic goals. Teachers are in a position to give the gift of knowledge in a creative way avoiding the traditional and uninteresting classroom instructions of the one room schoolhouse.

Children Learn by Osmosis

Children cannot be expected to master the material solely by reading books and answering worksheet questions. They need visuals along with enthusiastic instruction by the teacher. A smart board is an excellent way to customize and display information visually. Students can watch videos and listen to audio recordings that will enhance the quality of classroom instruction they are receiving. Using the interactive smart board to engage student attention and learning is the smarter way to communicate important lessons effectively.

All Students Enjoy Solving Mathematical Problems.

Some children have a natural aptitude for math. Others struggle with mathematical concepts. It is important for the teacher to manage student anxiety when explaining how to solve mathematical problems. Teachers can alleviate math anxiety stress by using the smart board to play mathematical games. Examples of mathematical problem solving games include the Fractions Memory game or a geometry game. The teacher can also call upon students to show their classmates how to solve problems by working them out on the smart board. Using the interactive aspect of the smart board is a great way to keep students interested in learning and solving math problems.

The Subject is More Important than the Student

Student success in the classroom should revolve more around learning and less on explanations, book reading, worksheets and frequent tests. The smart board is an excellent instructional tool that will help motivate students to learn and engage their interest in the lesson that the teacher has planned for them to learn that day. The work of each student may be saved on the smart board hard drive for future review. The  teacher will obtain a better assessment of student achievement based on the feedback received from assignments completed and saved using smart board technology.

Teachers Should Have a Messy Desk

Some teachers believe that unless there are many papers stacked up on the desk in a disorderly array waiting to be graded that they are not effective teachers. This isn’t true. The smart board technology can help teachers store tests and organize student assignments for grading. Teachers will have neat desks instead of messy piles of papers spread all over the teacher’s desk. Smart board technology provides the tools and resources that are easy for the teacher to use to help organize and assess the work of many students.

Teachers Should be Classroom Dictators

Students will rebel if they are coerced into doing exactly what the teacher tells them every day without being able to contribute to how they receive an education. A smart board provides more opportunity for them to learn in many different ways. Students have more choice and control over their lessons when teachers ask them what kinds of activities they would like to do on the smart board. Students are motivated and excited to learn new things when they are in control of what types of assignments they can work on in class using the interactive capabilities of a smart board.


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