The most amazing inventions were made because of human laziness. Think of the washing machine and the dish washer. They allow us to save so much time which we can spend on more interesting and useful things. For me, being lazy is not a sin, it is a blessing. A lot of teachers I know tell me that they are ashamed of their laziness to write lesson plans. But in my ESL workshops I tell everyone – Hey, it’s OK to be lazy, as long as you still enjoy doing your job.
Laziness thrives where we have to do a lot of routine work such as writing plans, finding teaching materials, checking students’ tests and written assignments and so on. This is where we really need an invention that would allow us to concentrate on something not quite so boring. So what are the things that make you so bored when you have to write a lesson plan?
Let’s start with finding ideas for the upcoming class. Is there any way to avoid doing it? Yes, there is, so make sure to read this article to the end where I will tell you exactly what it is. Now let’s say you have pinpointed your teaching goals, and need to develop exercises that would hit the nails. Where are you going to get those? I’m going to tell you exactly where, but a little bit later. Right now, though, we need to focus on the ways of killing all birds with one stone. Still have no clue what I am talking about?
I am talking about THE INVENTION – something which will make your laziness legitimate. If you are lazy to think of ideas for your ESL class, you have all the right in the world to do that. Now the question is how you are going to do it without compromising yourself? If you have this magic pill, after swallowing which you become ready for any class, how are you going to hide the truth from your students? What if they find out that their teacher is a cheater?
In fact, if students have fun during your class while receiving tons of knowledge, the last think they will question is how you managed to make them happy: whether it took you two minutes and a couple of mouse clicks, or four lengthy hours of scrupulous work. Their shining faces and the words of gratitude will be your reward. Who cares how you did it? When you put on clean clothes and enjoy their cleanness, the last thing you want to do is question the technology of a washing machine.
Source by Alexander Golishev