Monday, August 31, 2009

Lesson plans project over view

In this fast tract world when everything and everyone is getting highly technical teachers must not be left lagging behind. Each week and for some teachers each day they must write lesson plans of what they will be teaching the nation’s children each day. This is one of the requirements of the Jamaican teacher.

In some schools such as traditional high schools or junior school s the subject of Resource and technology is taught to a new group of students every six or twelve weeks. Each group must be exposed to the same knowledge and concepts in order for each to perform at the same or above a base level when given the same problems on end of month, term or year examinations.

For at least 6-12 weeks or in some cases its equivalent of 5 days per week the teacher of resource and technology writes lesson plans. As one of these teachers I find it very difficult at times to keep up with all this and I know my other counterparts all over the island face the same thing.

In order to help each other I am attempting to post as many of my resource and technology plans on this website and hope that it will help my fellow colleagues. I know there are many other teachers who are better at this than I am. I am inviting them to do the same thing. They can post a comment in the comment section and some form of contact to make their contribution.

The whole idea of this is to have at teacher’s disposal lesson plans that they may copy, make some adjustment and be ready to teach immediately. This will enable teachers to produce lesson plans each week with minimal of stress. All that would be necessary for a teacher to do is to make his /her own notes of lesson and prepare teaching material. There is the advantage of knowing how and what you will be teaching way ahead thus having enough time to prepare aids, material or experiments a head of time.

Some arguments for uploading lesson plan on the internet
1. I know many teachers may say that they write plan in plan books, no problem write the plans in the note books.
2. Others say we can store my lessons on our computer, I believed that too but have had the scour experience of my computer hard drive getting damaged, computer crashes or some form of problem in which I could not retrieve the information.

3. Others say store it on a flash drive and open it on an available computer. Not me Flash drives are known to carry deadly virus and do not use mine on other people's computer. I have had too many bad experiences with virus off school's computers.
4. There is the problem of different operating system, let say you are not very computer savvy and use Vista to write your notes and save, when you try opening on another operating system you get some funny looking boxes. You panic and think you have acquired a virus. When you upload your file to the internet they are there just as how you uploaded them.

5. This is an opportunity to help some other teacher and to get help and ideas in teaching a particular topic.
I am imploring teaching to take advantage of this method of writing and storing lessons plans especially resource and technology. Teaching is not getting easier in Jamaica. We are expected to do wonders for Jamaica’s children. We are vastly hampered with overcrowded classes, poor class structures, inadequate facilities and material.

Teachers are blamed with students none performance but not many take into consideration the types homes  from which mamy of these students come. We are now asked to use the J.S.A.S. Jamaica School Administration System. This programme is being touted as very user friendly one by which everything on the school, teacher and child will be online.

The irony is schools were given programmes not computers .many schools have only one computer some none, and some do have but they are not working. Somehow we in Jamaica always do things backwards . The ministry should ensure that each teacher gets a computer; these should be installed in classrooms. The Ministry should ensure that classrooms are conducive to learning, enclosed for safety and reduction in distraction.

Did you know that a small Caribbean island like Nevis has about 20 students to a teacher. Schools population rarely exceed 300. Each classroom has a computer and in some cases a printer. Anything the Education Ministry requires from a teacher it provides the relevant resources and material for its deliver.

They do not have these sophisticated programmes like we do in Jamaica, action plans, assessment plans and the works. They do not have a cadre of teachers with first and second degrees. In one school you may find two or three but they perform. What they do have is 98 percent literacy and if a child is found not to be reading a teacher comes in on a daily basis just for that child.

 As Jamaican teachers we are a unique set and we need to support each other. We have done and can still do the impossible. We cannot look at  what other countries have and what we do not have and compare and complain for all our shortfalls .We applied for a job and knew the rules of the game
We can try to timely change them but for now, let us do the best that we can. Although we may get upset with those set above up remember they too are driven by performance target and the need to see Jamaica becoming a better place. So let us get on with the Job of creating great men and women of the world.

Author: ( Soy Criada) Juliet Christie Murray

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