3 Tips for Making Quick and Easy Lesson Plans

Aug 28, 2019 by

Wouldn’t it be great if teachers simply showed up each day with their entire curriculum and schedule expertly memorized? No need for a prep period or professional development days. Sadly, this isn’t reality. Teachers spend countless hours (both on and off the clock), preparing their daily lesson plans. Not only must these plans include the district-approved curriculum but they also need to be engaging and help teachers properly assess and monitor student progress. Whether you’re new to the world of teaching or are struggling to create lesson plans within your allotted time frame, this article is for you!

Create Specific Objectives

While this may seem obvious, it’s important to make specific goals and objectives for each lesson — otherwise, you’ll find yourself wandering off on a tangent and taking your students along with you! By choosing a specific objective, you can focus on what standards you’re trying to meet and help students stay on task. Try announcing your objective from the start to make sure everyone stays on the same page. Did your lesson fall flat? Take note of where things went wrong and what you could have done differently. Lesson plan templates from Adobe Spark are the perfect way to plan ahead and track your progress.

Balance Dictation and Activities

Nothing causes a lesson to fall flat faster than boredom. Keep things interesting by incorporating both hands-on activities and instructional time. One of the most effective approaches is to start your lesson with an explanation of what’s to come. This is where you’d introduce your specific objective. Explain the steps you’ll take, what materials your students need, and offer directions on how things should be done. Then, you can let the students run free! Let them dive into the project, experiment, ask questions, and use teamwork to reach their goals. This healthy balance helps keep kids engaged and excited about learning. 

Keep an Eye on the Clock

The beauty of learning is allowing students to explore and discover at their own pace. But keeping track of the time is important for both you and your class. Do you remember the days of writing speeches or planning classroom presentations in college? If so, you know all about the importance of timing. As you write your lesson plans, estimate approximately how long it will take for each section. How long will it take you to explain the lesson? Are the materials readily available? Are there time for questions? How will you group the children? All of these things play a part in how long the entire lesson plan will take from beginning to end. Of course, you also need to be flexible. Things won’t always go according to plan, but having an estimated time frame will help keep things on track. 

Life as a teacher is unpredictable. But with a little time, effort, and preparation you can lay the groundwork for successful lesson plans that keep the students engaged and your classroom running like a well-oiled machine. 

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