There’s an old saying that goes something along these lines: “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” And the same can be said about providing educators with set lesson plans versus lesson planning tools when creating teacher materials as part of a book or guide on an approach you wish them to follow. This is because there is a vast difference between the two and the benefits of one far outweighs those of the other, as the purpose of the first approach is to “feed,” while the goal of the second is to “teach”.
Of the two, providing set lesson plans as part of your resource package is the easier way and can be equated with “feeding a man,” as essentially what you are doing is providing a short-term fix by offering a step-by-step outline – no additional thought is required by the teacher; they simply pull out your materials and deliver the lesson as is, and voilà, a block of time is filled for the day. The problem here is that simply regurgitating a lesson plan you have designed doesn’t teach the educator why the lesson was set up that way, how to modify it so that it aligns with other teaching methods or philosophies they may be following at the school, or how it serves to reinforce the approach you want them to follow in their classrooms.
On the other hand, by providing teachers with planning tools and strategies that align with the approach you wish them to follow, you are in essence “feeding them for life,” as you are giving them the skills to implement your chosen method themselves. In doing so, they will be equipped to restructure how they are currently delivering lessons so that not only do they remain in line with the school’s vision, but they also incorporate your teachings’ as well. And not only that, but throughout their career, they will be able to continuously adapt your approach as necessary, no matter how many times they transfer schools or work under different admin.
That said, you may be wondering what some of the different tools and strategies you can provide are, so below are a few ideas:
These are but a few suggestions to help you on your way to creating tools that will not be limited to feeding teachers short-term fixes but that will allow for long-term professional development and growth. If you are interested in discovering more ways to assist educators in implementing your approach in classrooms, contact us, we are always happy to help!