It’s brilliant that you’ve decided you want to turn your passion into profit. You’ve even gone ahead and listed your class. But how do you go about it if you’ve never taught an official class before? Writing a lesson plan is a really good place to begin. You might be totally new to the whole process, or just in need of a refresher now that you’ve decided to teach on the regular. Either way, we’ve got your back.
1. Know what people will need in good time
If you’re planning to teach a class, start your lesson plan with a list of everything a student might need. That could just be a pen and paper. If you’re leading a cookery session you’ll need to know the ingredients. If you’re teaching an instrument and your student needs to provide their own, make that clear too. There’s a section in your HowNow class listing to let students know what they’ll need, so make sure you use it.
2. Have an overall objective
Before you go into too much detail in your lesson plan, decide what a student should come away having learned. This will give you a goal to keep in mind while you’re planning. Once you know what you’re aiming for you can break it down into steps. For one-to-one sessions, this might be dictated by the needs to your student. For group sessions where ability levels may be mixed, you’ll need to decide in advance what you want students to learn.
3. Set realistic durations for activities
Your class might be an hour long, but how you use that hour is completely up to you. If you have multiple activities for students to complete during a class, you need to make sure you allocate time to each so that you don’t overrun. These need to be realistic, as well. If you’re teaching craft and people have to glue something together, how long does that take? Don’t be tempted to underestimate, because that’ll mean you feel rushed. Make sure everybody has enough time to complete what they need to. If you complete a plan and realise you need more than an hour, feel free to create a lesson plan that spans multiple classes.
4. Don’t be thrown off if people don’t act how you expect them to
For all that we talk about having a lesson plan, don’t be surprised if things don’t go quite as expected. You might encounter a group of quiet students. Don’t be thrown by that. Maybe you’ll have one super-keen student who shouts down everybody else. Make sure you know what you’ll do in situations where people are unpredictable. It might never happen, but at least this way you can feel confident in the knowledge that you’re prepared.
5. Plan a curriculum while you’re at it
If you really want to maximise the profits you make through HowNow, consider expanding that lesson plan. Set an overall goal for what people should learn across a series of lessons with you. There’s nowhere on the site to publish that, so it doesn’t have to be amazing, but it’s good to have it for yourself. Then, break that “super goal” down into a series of classes. We say ‘curriculum’, but we’re just trying to be fancy. All we really mean is ‘series of more than one class’.
We hope this proves that anybody can write a lesson plan. All you really need to do is be a bit organised, and break everything down as much as possible. We can wait to see what your awesomely-planned classes look like!