I think there's definitely a difference between improvisation and adaptation. A teacher who is prepared has the confidence to adapt to student needs as they arise in the instruction. When my teaching career began, I worked in a district that demanded lesson plans with SWBAT (students will be able to) objectives stated turned in each week prior to instruction. As much of a pain this was, and the oversight did imply a lack of trust of the teachers, it did get me into a habit of planning a lesson structure. I am not a perfect planner by any means, but I do know the times I've felt prepared the teaching day was much smoother and problems that arose did not shake me as they do when a plan is lacking. Good teachers are confident. What makes me confident is knowing what I'm going to do with my students. A poorly planned class leaves everyone involved feeling defeated and not enriched by the content.
This Instructional Design assignment has given me cause to reflect upon how I formulate lessons, evaluate objectives, consider delivery, and find relevant content for the students. Working in an Ed Tech capacity has altered my student demographic (adult teachers vs. 5th grade students), but the principles of good teaching remain. People are people. If anything, the quality of my teaching holds even more scrutiny as my students are teachers who know how to create quality instruction and demand that of me. Reflection is an important part of learning, and teachers are the examples of life-long learning students look to. We have a dream of a class full of people with intrinsic learning goals. John Dewey says that we only truly learn through reflection. This reflection continues to inspire us to dig deeper and learn more and assess and improve our teaching. I don't believe it's possible to always carry an intrinsic learning goal, but I do think our desire to learn more only increases when we reflect upon what we know and desire to improve.