It’s easy to get stuck in a rut using the same activities every lesson. The activities you’re using are familiar to you (you know that they work) and familiar to the students (less explaining to do).
However, you’re bored, the students are bored, but you’re too busy to create or find new activities.
What can you do?
Coursebooks suck. Most teachers I know don’t like the coursebook they use. Some actively hate it, and blame it for making their lives worse. They say it’s irrelevant to their students. Linguistically it’s too easy or too difficult for 80% of the class. Culturally there’s no point of connection for students (they’re not middle class American kids).
Also, it’s just ‘plain boring’.
I have wasted thousands of hours lesson planning.
I’m not saying that lesson planning is a waste of time, but that I’ve lost days of my life typing the same phrases and language chunks over and over again.
Repeating the same activities with the same class over and over again sucks. Stealing lesson ideas is the answer. Just because you don’t have the time and energy to think of any new ideas doesn’t mean you have to condemn your learners (and you!) to the same mind-numbing activities every class.
If a lesson is a journey, then a lesson plan is a map.
Creating maps takes some skill. You need to take certain steps to make sure the journey is productive and the destination is reached.