Why is it important to plan?

By Melissa Buddie, Take Ten Volunteer

Over the past few months, my team and I have learned to adapt our lesson plan to unforeseen challenges or circumstances. This has not always been easy for our team. Sometimes, we are forced to condense an important piece of information. Other times, we are left scrambling for activities when the lesson took less time than we expected.

My advice for future volunteers is to always expect that things won’t go exactly as planned. It’s important to make a plan, but don’t be discouraged or clueless if you have to deviate from the lesson that you designed. Have extra games prepared in case the lesson is shorter than expected and don’t be afraid to drag a lesson out over two weeks if the kids seem confused by the material after week one. The more adaptable you are, the more success you will have teaching Take Ten!

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