I have a friend that is just about to start teaching her first year, new teacher, in 7th/8th grade science. I was asking her how she would plan out how to do her daily lectures and she said she hadn't yet gotten that far and was looking over her lesson plans. I am a little over a year away from being able to retire from my job after 30 years in the medical laboratory. I will be 58 and thought that I could give myself a new challenge and teaching science to me could be an enjoyable and rewarding choice after retirement. I'm still in the thinking mode for doing this and I do apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong forum or if I'm intruding not being a teacher at this moment. I'm posting this in the new teacher area only because I thought that the question I'm asking here might be relevant to those new teachers just starting as well as my friend to help. Ok, now for the question part. How do you or do you plan out a daily lecture? I know that you're given a lesson plan on what your supposed to teach, but I would like to know how you decide exactly how to pass along the information and how you fill a class period. I've tried to remember back to my early school days, but quite frankly just can't remember back that far. Here is what is in my mind as to how I'd prepare a lecture and please let me know if I'd be far off. I would read through a section of the lesson and make up about 10 to 20 homework questions and assign that reading and questions on a daily basis. I would then prepare maybe 4 to 5 class discussion questions for the following day and look for class participation. For my lecture, I'd choose an area of the reading assignment I found interesting or that I think the students might find interesting and do a little more "digging" to get them extra information and present to the class. Maybe allow 20 to 25 minutes of class time at the end that they may read and work on the homework assignment for the following day. If there were ever a problem with the students not following instructions of reading and working on homework assignment, lecture would just go through end of period. Test questions would come from homework questions, class discussion questions, and "extra" lecture notes/material. ------------------------------------------------- So on a typical day: Good morning, I need each of you to pass up your homework from yesterday. So did everyone get the reading assignment done? Yes, good. So who can tell me the phases in mitosis? etc. We're going to talk about the difference today between mitosis and meiosis. Have about a 20-30 minute lecture and ask for questions. Give reading assignment and questions to be completed for tomorrow. Allow any remaining time to work on that reading assignment and homework. Would this be realistic?