A high-quality lesson plan is hard to come by. Even when you consider you have a lot of practice on writing lesson plans, when the school year starts and all the lesson planning hits you, it is difficult to keep up. To keep up with the learning curve, supercharge your lesson planning by following my tips.
1) Have clear objectives. Ensure you have clear goals that will help develop the activities for your lesson. With clear goals come clear need of materials, flow, and preparedness. But most importantly, make sure you know exactly what you want your students to learn.
2) Follow state standards. Yes, it sounds obvious. But state standards are the core of your lessons. It’s thinking of the big picture first. Within each lesson, what do you want to accomplish? What do you want your students to know and be able to do by the end of the school year?
3) Have predictable routines. Children need structure. Routines are vital in early childhood education to keep children focused and on track. Sticking to daily routines and being organized is something that will work on your favor. If your students notice that you don’t know what’s next, they think it’s up to them to decide.
4) Get nontraditional, use technology. Let your students be exposed to a new learning method. The 21st century is not news anymore. The tech generation has preschoolers using their parents’ phones. So why not incorporate blended learning in your lesson planning? The best way to see how students can engage with new concepts is by letting them express themselves in different ways. Children want to use tech. They need to use tech, it is now part of their brain. Take advantage, download the Genius PreK app and expose children to fun while learning.
5) Partner up. Plan with a co-worker or a teacher that teaches the same preschool level. I used to do this during my preschool teaching years and it made the work so much more fun and easy. I know you are probably thinking that you are the only one that understands what your students like or need, but believe me, when planning with somebody else ideas and creativity flourish to save time and create a better plan.
6) Get creative. Yes! In the end, it’s all about having fun! Teaching the curriculum doesn’t have to be dry.
The thing about creativity is that the students will often lead themselves to deeper levels of learning in unexpected ways.
Next time you find yourself writing a lesson plan, try my 6 tips for a fun and dynamic curriculum your students will learn in class.
Genius PreK would like to invite you to check out our Genius PreK app, available on Google Play and Apple Store. We offer a 36-week curriculum for teachers to use along with our app. We provide Pre-K and Kindergarten eBooks, videos, and games for ELA, mathematics, science and professional careers. Download our Genius PreK app today!
In addition to our app, we will be participating in the NAEYC Annual Conference. Find us at booth #1607! You will receive a copy of our special Thanksgiving lesson plan and have a chance to participate of a special contest. See you next week!