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December 2021 - Year 23 - Issue 6

ISSN 1755-9715

A Board Plan as Part of a Lesson Plan

Lazar lives in Serbia where he works as an online English teacher and translator from English to Serbian. His areas of interest include education technology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and English literature, especially Old English literature and 20th century American novel. Email:   



One of the oldest inventions that has proven to be of great use while preparing a lesson is a Lesson Plan. Teachers often review it sometime before the lesson and again right before the lesson. However, one part of the Lesson Plan that might, and I believe should be used during a lesson is a Board Plan.


Board plan

In this article, a board is used to describe both a traditional black  board, and its variations, as well as any surface on which one can write, including a digital or an online one. Here is an example of a board plan for a grammar lesson on the first conditional.


All words, sentences, and graphic elements (such as lines, arrows, different colours, etc.) are written here. This plan shows the approximate position of these elements on a board as well as notes i     n the order in which these elements will appear. Of course, this plan is for teachers and it does not have to be followed strictly. However, some parts, such as the example sentences, might be used exactly as they appear in the plan. 

Teachers sometimes forget or miscalculate the space needed for an explanation of a certain concept, for example, the timeline for events mentioned in the first conditional sentence. In that regard, a board plan is arguably the best reminder, template, and sample for a grammar lesson. This plan might be of great use when some games are planned after the explanation part of a lesson. When a teacher makes their board plan for a lesson, they will feel more confident, save time during the lesson, and offer well-tested sentences when a      grammar      concept has to be explained.



The idea behind a bboard plan  is to offer a guide for an explanation part of a lesson, especially a grammar lesson or part when a game is played on the board. Once a board plan is made, it can be reused many times and shared with others. Of course, it can be and should be, regularly updated to correct mistakes, add answers to questions students often ask, and make it simpler. It might take some time in the beginning to make such plans, but it will pay off in the long run, especially if there is a way to share those with other teachers.


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