Paper lesson plans: “Security Theatre” in ELT?


A nice video by Anthony Gaughan. He argues that paper-based lessons planning appeals to our need to feel secure, rather than actually making us any more secure. He also calls for teachers and trainers to focus more on preparing for opportunities, rather than potential problems. Interesting take on the issue. However, I feel paper-based lesson planning provides trainees with a structure to think through the coming lesson. Of course, their focus shouldn’t be just on problems, but this should certainly come into the planning process.

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