Daily lesson plans should detail the specific topics, subjects, activities and content you will teach during a particular week. They usually include:
- Lesson objectives
- Procedures for delivering instruction
- Methods of assessing your students
- Student groupings
- Materials needed to carry out the lesson plan
The format of lesson plans vary from school to school, public and/or private. Many school districts provide lesson-plan books, while others the teachers develop their own format of course with guides and guidelines. (Please check out our guide materials here). Regardless of the format, here are the key components of successful lesson planning:
- Lessons should be readable and detailed enough that a substitute teacher could teach from them in case of leave or absence of the main teacher.
- Consider making a copy or two of each week’s plan. One copy to take home and place others at key areas in the classroom and on top of desk available for the supervisor in case she needs to check it. If you’re storing your storing your lesson guides in computer, make sure that you have a full back up to a flash drive or to Google Drive (it’s free).
- Try scripting your lessons. Though it is time-consuming, but will help tobetter organized and more confident in front of students.
- As a general rule, begin working on plans for the next week no later than Thursday. By then you will have an idea of which lessons weren’t completed, the objectives that need to be reinforced, and which upcoming school-wide activities need to be integrated into your plan. If you leave the planning until Friday after school, it may not get done!
- Make a master copy or template of the planning pages you use, and write or type those activities that stay the same each week and the times they occur. Make several copies of the new page to replace the blank lesson-plan pages, but don’t copy them too far in advance, in case you change your weekly schedule. Then just fill in the blanks on the copies with specifics for the week.
- Balance grouping strategies and activities in each learning style or multiple intelligence type so you are meeting the needs of all your students.
- Check with your principal for guidelines on when he or she will want to look at your lesson plans. Some principals make a point of viewing new teachers’ lesson plans on a weekly basis so they can provide on-the-spot assistance throughout the school year.
We have prepared sample lesson plans for you to use as a reference and guide. Please visit lesson guide page
for topics and details.