Tech Tips for Lesson Planning
I love Better Lesson as it gives me the ability to follow and view other teachers' lessons. You can type in what subjects you teach as well as what grade and instantly see teachers who have created lessons. In addition, you can specifically type in a topic such as adjectives to browse full lessons by other teachers in your grade level. After reviewing a few, pick one of the ideas that you think would work best to introduce the idea to your class.
2 Guided and Independent Practice
After finding some ideas, I next go to some of my tried and true and resources. Often, the next place I look is Discovery Education Streaming http://www.discoveryeducation.com/. Students love when I incorporate a small video clip to engage them in the learning. I also use Brain Pop http://brainpop.com and Brain Pop Jr http://www.brainpopjr.com frequently when building my lesson plans. Here you can find a variety of short educational videos and the ability to give your students a quick online, or paper and pencil quiz about the video.
3 Wrap up
After teaching your lesson, reflect and think about if you had to teach this lesson again, what you would do the same and what you would do differently. Then, go to the Common Curriculum website and type in the ideas that you would use again, along with the essential questions, vocabulary and standards and you will have your lesson plans improving from year to year!
In addition, go to http://www.readwritethink.org and then to the exit slips. This is a great opportunity for you to see if your students have met your learning objectives to help you assess the learning. By using this available technology in your lesson planning, it will make your lessons more engaging and creative and you will be be excited to teach them!