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Time to come up with my lesson plan binder as i work towards my cfi rating. From what ive seen so far, lesson plans are just pages and pages of xerox copies from the book and other resources to fit each individual cfi's liking. I can probably just copy a lesson plan and spend a considerable amount of time and maybe $20 at the xerox store or buy one already made off amazon for $45. Anyone have any experience with these premade ones? I plan to add things to my liking but im guessing this product should cover 95% of everything anyways and it sure would be a hell of a lot easier to build upon than starting from scratch.

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If you build you'll actually use it. Just get a syllabus, write down what you would say so when you read it to the class it'll sound like you're talking to them. Do that for every lesson in the syllibus.

 

It'll take a lot of time but in making it you'll learn a lot and it being taylored to you, you'll actuall use it. Otherwise you'll just have a textbook of copied paged you made.

 

You get what you put into it. If you want to actually be a good instructor, put the effort into it. That's just one guys opinion though.

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Writing lesson plans was seen as the great coming of age for CFI candidates at my school! Going through the process and writing them myself prepared me for a whole lot of student questions that I otherwise might not have known how to answer, and I still got a decent amount of stuff wrong (Or so my students told me 1000's of hours later, I still don't know how true that is) ((Looking at you, Jared.))

 

Anyway, if the lesson plans you've seen are basically just copied out of a text book maybe you should be looking for better lesson plans?

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Making lesson plans was when I really felt like I "knew" this stuff. Everything I wrote down in my lesson plan, I asked myself,"can I answer why?". If I had bought or borrowed someone else lesson plans, I guarantee I would not have put as much thought into each thing that I wrote down. And they are constantly evolving. There are still mistakes that I find in my lessons to correct, or I have made some topics simpler that might have had too much. All dependent on the student you are teaching it to of course. But so far you have 3 responses telling you the same thing. I truly believe that if I were to evaluate a CFI candidate in a stage check, I could tell who built there own lesson plans and who bought theirs immediately.

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I wrote all of mine from scratch also. I think the process really helped me learn both the material as well as knowing where to find stuff.

 

So comfortable, as a matter of fact, after my checkrides I never used the lesson plans again and just used the books themselves.

 

As was stated before, I think that what you get out of your training depends on the effort that you put into it. On the other hand, some people don't have the time or motivation to reinvent the wheel, and buying lesson plans might be a solid option.

 

I've seen a set of plans that a student bought from online, and to be honest, they were better than anything that student could have made.

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Something else to consider; during the ride, most examiners will have you teach from one, if not a couple lesson plans. If you’re not on your game and need to teach from a lesson plan you didn’t compose, it will be obvious and, doom on you. On the other hand, if you are on your game and you teach from a lesson plan you did compose, you’ll be a star and probably won’t go beyond that one lesson…… In short, the examiner is the one you’ll need to demonstrate your level of knowledge to and make no mistake, they’ve seen and heard it all…..

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I always found them to be a colossal waste of time. I used a few existing ones and put them in a binder because we were expected to have some, but only for the checkride. During my practical test, I was asked to create and teach a lesson, with a lesson plan, on a chalk board. I was given a topic and maneuver at random and told to prepare and teach it on short notice. Since that time, no one has ever asked to see one, and I've never used them.

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