Monday, July 4, 2016

Why Do Teachers Need to Plan their Lessons and Prepare DLL

By:  Gilbert M. Forbes

Teacher's Guides (TG's) are only guides. It is suggestive but not prescriptive. It is definitely not Lesson Plan (LP). As teachers therefore, we still need to plan our lessons to insure that it fits well with our classes. "Planning is one of the most important project management and time management
techniques. Planning is preparing a sequence of action steps to achieve specific goal. It is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is essential for making good decisions on where to go or what to do next,"- (What is Planning and Why We Need to Plan?

All those things mentioned about planning is not contained in our TG's. However, LP preparation though the most ideal is very time consuming. So after more than a decade of struggle to move away from the rigors of LP preparations but not necessarily lost its essence, the Daily Lesson Log was introduced by DepEd so that time lost will be directed in studying the content of the lesson and the preparation of instructional materials.

DLL is a much simplified LP for it contains official record of activities, instruction and learning experiences written in a systematic way.

DO 42, s. 2016 explained it clearly that its aim is to support teachers in organizing and managing their classes and lessons effectively and efficiently and ensure the achievement of learning outcomes. Preparing for lessons through the Daily Lesson Log (DLL) or Detailed Lesson Plan (DLP) provides teachers with an opportunity for reflection on what learners need to learn, how learners learn, and how best to facilitate the learning process.

At first, because of its length, DLL preparation will require additional 50% or even double the time required viz the old DLL but its only while we are still new to it but sooner, as we became used to it and learned techniques of doing shortcuts, it will be easier.

For the meantime, let us just do and learn from doing it. A blessed Sunday folks. May God continuously shine on us!
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