Teachers can save time and decrease stress if they create the right kind of lesson plans.
These lesson plans are strategic (if they are streamlined and effective). These lesson plans are not strategic if they follow a curriculum guide, textbook, or high-stakes testing map of objectives.
There are several issues that must be resolved concerning lesson plans:
Except for the first item, "What works," the other important considerations have little to do with instruction.
A lesson planning system is "What Works."
The components of a system such as this include:
Lesson plans are hit-and-miss without a lesson planning and management system in place.
This lesson planning system needs to include a "big picture" view...a yearly plan.
Then, the lesson planning system can focus upon keeping students engaged in high-quality learning experiences.
The high quality experiences include all the items described in the Instructional Management section of this Web site:
In the form or questioning and student project assignments
The ideal Lesson Plan Form is one that..
Years ago, I developed an Access™ database that would merge with the lesson plan that was required on the campus where my wife worked.
This worked, but it took about an hour a week to keep the database updated. It also produced about a nine-page lesson plan.
I call this the “"All but the Kitchen Sink”" Lesson Plan.
The reason that we don't recommend this lesson plan form for daily use is the same reason that you don't go through a driver's checklist similar to a commercial pilot's pre-flight checklist. (If you did use a pre-flight style checklist you would be late for work more times than you would if your car just conked out occasionally.)
However, this lesson plan has some uses:
Lesson Plan Sample Turn-in Form (PDF Format)
Although we believe that our strategy of creating modules and automating lesson planning is quicker and more efficient, we are providing links to some of the most used lesson planning sites on the Internet. Check these out, and decide for yourself if our method saves you time.
Links to other Lesson Planning Resources on the Web. (Each opens in its own window)