Write a brief essay (suggested length of 2–3 pages) that includes the following:
A. Explain the need for lesson pacing in a classroom.
B. Explain how pacing differs for a class that includes English Language Learner (ELL) students from a class that does not include ELL students.
C. Explain how the complexity of lesson content can influence lesson pacing with a class that includes ELL students.
When a teacher is presenting a lesson and has a variety of students with different learning types it is important that the teacher pay attention to the speed at which the lesson is presented. This method is known as lesson pacing. The teacher must do many things in order to ensure that the pace of the lesson and content of the lesson being presented is appropriate for students. The teacher needs to pay attention to the students while presenting the lesson and should watch for reactions throughout the presentation. If a student appears bored it may be necessary for the teacher to speed up the lesson. If a student becomes fidgety or agitated they may not understand the content and the lesson may need to slowed down or stopped.
The teacher needs to remember that lessons do not have to be completed all at once. A lesson may be much easier on the student and the teacher if the lesson is broken down into smaller sections. Doing this can deter the students feeling of being bombarded with work or the boredom that is associated with long lessons. Having scheduled breaks will provide the students and the teacher with a short rest period that can refresh their minds and help the students keep on task and give them an opportunity to ask questions. If the teacher presents lessons in the same pattern the students will naturally become bored