Part 2: Calendars and Schedules An elementary lesson plan template starts with the basic foundation of calendars and schedules. You can't plan even a single day if you don't know the big picture of the year-long testing and holiday calendar, as well as the weekly and daily flow of events in your … [Read more...]
Elementary Lesson Plans
Delivering Elementary School Curriculum with Organization and Style
Before we get to elementary lesson plans...let's throw a party!
It will be a large one; we'll invite about...oh...25 or so people (about a classroom full!).
We're doing all the cooking ourselves (yikes!), but we've got some great cookbooks and few websites we really like, plus some random notes from other friends who have done dinner parties.
It's 6 pm on party night and the doorbell is ringing. Time to execute our perfect plan. Oops, forgot about the coats! Where are we supposed to put 25 coats?!
At least a third of our guests seem totally befuddled by the ice-breaker game. No time to help them...gotta serve the first course.
Wow, six finished early while the rest are still trying to figure out which fork to use. Whoops! There's the smoke alarm. This whole thing seems to be falling apart.
What's that? We're scheduled to do this again tomorrow?!
Elementary Lesson Plans: The Reality
That's the reality of elementary lesson plans: Teachers throw a six-hour classroom "party" every single day.
But where was the class in college when we learned how to transform elementary school curriculum in four different subjects into effective, engaging, day-long classroom experiences?
Here they come! Are you ready?
Who showed us how to account for kids whose understanding races ahead, or for those for whom the concept makes no sense at all? Or the ones who leave each day for specialists?
What if we completely misjudge the impact of our elementary teacher lesson plans...and are left staring into a 60-minute hole and nothing to fill it with?
And the paper! Oh my...there's 25 sets of everything (assuming we remembered to make copies) and it's everywhere. In piles on the counter, multiple subjects mixed together, crammed incomplete into desks, poking out of backpacks...it never ends!
How are we supposed to get it all into the grade book? Or even look at it and give feedback?
Betsy's Video Tips: Lesson Plan Organization
You can do this!
Lesson planning takes...
- Logical thinking
- ...and flexibility
This is all made easier if you have a process to follow, and that's exactly what I have for you - as well as a few insider tips!
We can master this challenge. Together we are going to do a "Martha Stewart" on your lesson planning and delivery.
Stand by for some good things!
Part 1: Putting it All Together Effective teacher lesson plans do not come naturally...even to experienced educators! I entered the teaching profession as an experienced and organized mom with lots of classroom volunteer time at age 35. I had even worked in an elementary school office for two … [Read more...]