For the Celta Course, there are these intense lesson plans that you have to do for each of your teaching sessions. For first-time teachers, it would have a lot of value I think. Thinking about timing, possible logistical and linguistic problems, the goal of the session, concept checking questions, etc. After teaching for 7 years, I think about all of this (and do it) kind of naturally.
Anyway, writing it down makes me a bit insane. But I see how it's a necessary part of the process. My first 40 minute teaching session is coming up on Thursday and I've written out the formal lesson plan, in its 6 page entirety. Now I have the dilemma in whether I should actually bring that 6 page lesson plan with me into the session that I teach. I could see myself getting easily confused since I always put my lesson into a 1-page plan with numbers to keep myself on task. For example, this is what my normal lesson plans are like:
2. Talk about Internet Homework
3. Warm up Game: ________
4. Review from last week: ________
5. Introduce Grammar: Simple Past. Practice page 13B. Pencils down, talk with partner. Answers together.
6. Activity: survey handout.
7. Review/remind about homework.
So, I'm thinking I'm going to condense the 6 pages into this and avoid any chaos. A confused teacher is not a good thing.