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Active Learning Techniques for Librarians by Padma Inala, Andrew Walsh

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Lesson plans

It is easy to slip into the idea that lesson plans are a waste of time, especially if we tend to teach only a small number of topics. You may think that you’ve done a certain topic several times already, so you ‘know what you’re doing’ already and don’t need to write a lesson plan.

It may surprise you how much things can change when you put time aside to write a lesson plan to address a lesson in even these familiar topics. They force us to think about what we’d like to achieve in a session and help us to express that to the class. They may help us to adapt a session to the needs of a particular group, so we don’t simply repeat the same lesson ad nauseam to different groups with different needs. They can force us to think about ...

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