How to Create a Lesson Plan Template

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Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Have freedom to use any type of lesson plan but stuck on what to include? This lesson will guide you through ideas for your specific needs and provide a template to help you visualize.

Why Use a Lesson Plan Template?

Some schools have strict rules about which type of lesson plan teachers are required to use. They provide the template and train teachers on how to use them efficiently. Others are allowed to create their own plans, opening the door for teachers to design templates that will work for their specific students and needs.

But sometimes this freedom can overwhelm teachers. They may not know where to start, or feel there are too many areas to cover. When creating a custom lesson plan template, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself to determine what makes the cut. Let's take a look.

Guiding Questions for Creating Lesson Plan Templates

You're likely not new to the concept of lesson plans. Most teachers were required to use specific designs in their undergraduate studies or during their student-teaching days. Aspects of these lessons can be useful, but not all teachers need the same information in a written format. For example, one teacher may need to have a list of materials on her template so she doesn't find herself scrambling before each lesson to gather supplies. Another teacher may be naturally organized and doesn't need a section for materials, but does find it helpful to have a notes section where she writes herself reminders and jots down important information.

Ask yourself the following questions to determine your specific needs:

  • Which part of lesson planning have I found most useful in the past? List as many as you can think of.
  • Which part of lesson planning has seemed useless to me? List as many as you think of.
  • Are there any areas required of me by my district, school, or principal?
  • Which format works best for me? Daily plans? A weekly view? Organized by subject?
  • Are there other teachers who will use my plans? If so, collaborate!

Creating a Lesson Plan Template

Now it's time to create your template. Take a minute and read over your responses from above. Now that you have an idea of what makes you tick as a planner, it's time to put paper to pencil and design your template. Start by determining which format you'd like to use (a daily grid, weekly overview, subject-based list, etc.). Once you've determined your format, go ahead and plug in what you find useful and what is required by your district. Create enough space to hand write or type information. Finally, save the template to a device that allows easy access. This way the template will be at your fingertips when you need it.

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