How to Save Time with Lesson Planning and Common Core Alignment

The lesson plan is a very important factor in teaching, as it serves as the backbone for what your students are going to learn on a daily basis, so a more streamlined and organized lesson plan will allow you to save time and effort and enable you to focus more on making sure your students excel.

Here are some tips that will allow you to make your lesson plan easier, more efficient and make sure the educational initiative, or Common Core, is met at the end of each grade:

  • Make creating resources part of the learning: Use your students as ways to create the learning activity. Can you set the task of designing a three minute starter for the next lesson as a homework? This saves your marking load and also gives a more creative end to the lesson.
  • Repeat the activity: Get one absolute plan and repeat the activity with different year groups and assess how they learn from they that. Afterwards, keep the activity and change the level in which you teach it at. For example, high school students will all get learn something from some quickly thought up (or web generated) anagrams of what they learnt last time (and then make them write the definition) to start your lesson. It means you don’t need to plan several different tasks, saving you time as you just will only need to tweak your original lesson plan.
  • Share resources: Pass lesson plans and resources along with colleagues in your department. If you have a plan that works for students, surely your colleagues could benefit from it and it could be reciprocated. Word of advice: don’t teach another person’s lesson. Use the idea or resource but make it unique to you.
  • Vary how you assess in lessons: If correcting papers or marking is taking up time, make a plan that doesn’t need planning or marking. Or another option is allowing peer review or self assessment, which puts the workload on the children and allows them to assess themselves. This not only allows you to have less of a workload with marking, but it also builds character and honesty among students as they review themselves and their peers.
  • Repeat lesson plans if they have been successful in the past: Many lesson plans can be repeated if they are successful and students are learning from it. As a rule of thumb, resources should take a maximum of half the time to create what they’ll be used for. And it’s also key to keep things that can be easily generated, reused and kept for the next year.

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