Well, you have planned your lesson considering your learners’ needs, exploited the course materials in such a way that you are sure it will be engaging for your learners, ensured that there is a learning outcome which is assessable as well as realistic, and incorporated meaningful communicative activities. Yes, you are definitely a genius. You are righteously proud of yourself.
Now, it is time to actually execute the lesson you have planned so carefully.
First of all, your instructions and classroom procedures need to be clear to students. They need to be staged and graded according to the level of understanding. They need to be checked as well. You need to make sure your students are all clear about what they are doing.
How about the questions you ask during the lesson? Do you ask genuine questions or didactic ones? Are they balanced in quantity? Do you give enough time to students to answer the questions you ask? How do you respond to the answers? Do you show interest or do you concentrate on the language problems? Are the students involved in the discussions? What do you do if they aren’t?
Let’s think about the way you present the content of your lesson. What approach do you apply? Is it appropriate to the learners’ interest and background? Are the activities cognitively stimulating your students as you thought they would? Do you have to adapt any changes?
Are the students able to cope with the pacing? Is there anyone who is falling behind? What do you for that student? Do you find ways of making him part of the lesson or do you ignore him/her? What if s/he is not interested in anything today?
At the end of the class period, do you think your students achieved the lesson aims? Are they able to do something that they were not able to do at the beginning of the lesson? Have you assessed their learning? How? Orally or in a written format? What kind of feedback have you given? Is you feedback encouraging and constructive?
How did the lesson end? Abruptly? With the homework notes? A whole class feedback on what has been achieved that day and how well the students performed?
Well, the lesson has ended here… OR???