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This unit focused on lesson planning. The main focus of the lesson was the necessity of a balance between careful planning and flexibility on the part of the teacher. If a teacher carries out a scripted lesson, he or she runs the risk of leading a lesson centered on the teacher and not on the student's needs. The lesson plan can be as detailed or as open as the teacher needs it to be. Furthermore, one needs to choose a goal when proceeding with a lesson and devote some time to tracking the progress of that goal as well as other issues that are arising.
I personally use lesson planning primarily as a way to gauge how long my activities will take and as a resource for back-up activities if my lesson finishes too early. I also use it for instructions, as I frequently miss a crucial detail about an assignment if I ad-lib my oral instruction, so I can use my plan to make sure I explain something as clearly and neatly as possible. From this lesson, I realized how important it is to follow-up lesson plans with a kind of reflection worksheet. It would be helpful for future teachers using my lesson to share my thoughts on how the lesson went after doing it, and some pointers for ways to improve it.