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How to change the lesson plan on spot

What to do if the lesson plan may not work, as many of the students are absent?
This may have been a problem for many of us (teachers). Today I have had this “chance” of worrying about how to overcome the problem with the number of the students in the class. Actually I have planned to do a group work activity in one of my Upper Intermediate level groups. The class generally consists of 8 students. However, only 3 of them were present at the class (the others had examinations at their universities). Besides the general materials that we usually cover, I had planned to have a reading activity with a post-activity in groups (4 students in each group). The text was about the use of cell phones and computers at an early age. After reading the text one of the groups was to bring arguments for the issue and the other was to bring arguments against it.
However, as I had odd number of students, it was impossible to have two “sides” in the discussion. I had to make changes and decided to give a chance to the students to monitor the class themselves a little bit. I told the students that two of them were going to bring arguments for and against the issue, whereas the other one was responsible for writing the ideas on the whiteboard and trying to suggest more of his opinions and promoting some discussion. I was just an “audience”, (which was quite pleasant).
I may say this improvisation worked quite well.

I would like to see some of your comments suggesting other solutions to this problem.

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Evgeniya_Zimina's picture
Evgeniya_Zimina

With the epidemic of flu here, I have to do such things almost every day:( So, when I prepare a group activity the success of which depends on the number of students, I usually think of some alternative activity or a variation of the same activity in case some disastrous thing happens.

Gayane Shabunts's picture
Gayane Shabunts

Thanks dear Evgeniya for you comment. Fortunately we don't have flu epidemic in Armenia. However the problem come because of their University examinations.
Thanks for your suggestion. :)

Gayane Shabunts's picture
Gayane Shabunts

Thanks dear Evgeniya for you comment. Fortunately we don't have flu epidemic in Armenia. However the problem come because of their University examinations.
Thanks for your suggestion. :)

tanja_madjarova's picture
tanja_madjarova

..is the key:) I agree we are often challenged to modify our pre-planned lessons, for various reasons, be it because the discussion goes off tangent , or because some parts of the lessons demanded more work. As long as we are in control of the lesson, AOK:-) Good job with your being flexible in this lesson of yours!

Gayane Shabunts's picture
Gayane Shabunts

Thanks for your interest towards my blogs.
Thanks for your encouragement.

Hripsime Shabunts's picture
Hripsime Shabunts

Dear Gayane,
Thanks for the interesting post. I think that it is crucial for the teacher to be ready to make changes in her lesson plan in case she finds some problems or just some more interesting ideas come to her mind.