Senol Taskin – Building a Good College Lesson

Posted: November 13, 2015 in Business, Media
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Senol Taskin is currently considering taking his years of experience as a freelance financial journalist into the classroom in order to help the next generation achieve the success that he has enjoyed. To do so, he must be able to create lessons that are capable of engaging students, while also delivering all of the information that they need to learn. Senol has been researching the best ways to come up with a good lesson and has developed the following techniques.

Create Objectives

The first thing you need to do when creating a lesson plan is determine your objectives. What do the students need to understand by the time the lesson is over and how can they apply what they have learnt. Your entire lesson should be built around fulfilling these objectives, so any content that is completely irrelevant to these aims must be cut to ensure you cover the information more thoroughly.

Knowledge

No student is going to respect a teacher who is unable to demonstrate their knowledge. While Senol is extremely confident in this respect, particularly given his background, he still believes it is important to keep building on his existing knowledge base to provide as much as he can to students. Combine your own experiences with the technical aspects that need to be delivered in the lesson to ensure you gain the confidence of your students.

Discussion

A good lesson plan should make allowances for discussion in the classroom if it is applicable. This should not simply be a case of telling the students to discuss what they have learnt, but should instead be seen as an opportunity to provide proper structure and context for their thinking. Tell them what you want them to talk about and guide the discussion towards areas of interest. Not only does this make you an active participant, but it will encourage students to speak their minds more clearly, which in turn allows you to see whether or not they have picked up the information that they need.

Pacing

Senol Taskin knows who easy it can be to lose somebody’s attention, both as a writer and former college student, so he aims to properly pace his lessons. Too much time spent on dry slideshows can lose a classroom quickly, whereas too much time spent watching video and engaging in discussion can lead to them not gaining the information that they need. Lessons need to be structured in such a way that each activity flows into the next and there is enough variety to keep students engaged.

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