How I Use It
As a middle school Language Arts teacher, I am always looking for new and engaging ways to address grammar and mechanics lessons. BetterLesson has helped me find some great activities and strategies for better implementing grammar instruction. From ideas for weekly notebooks to daily lessons and mini-lessons, BetterLessons has been a wonderful resource for my classroom.
I prefer the format of BetterLesson over other lesson resource sites that I have used. Lessons are easy to understand and written in a format that makes them easy to adapt for my own use. The site is not as populated as I would hope, but new lessons are being posted all the time. I liked that these are solid lessons, not just "print 'em and use 'em" one-shots. I like those too, but I prefer lessons that can really impact my classroom in the long term.
I would like to see the content standards for lessons be divided between what standards the lesson focuses on and what standards are touched on secondarily. For example, when searching for grammar and mechanics lessons, your results will feature a variety of lessons as many Language lessons touch on those standards but they are not the primary focus of the lesson. This is really a complaint of mine for all lesson plan sites, but it would be a way for BetterLesson to set themselves apart.
Another feature of BetterLesson that I enjoy is that you can look at an individual teacher's submissions. You can view their unit plans and get an idea for how they run their classroom throughout the year. This organization of the submissions is unique to BetterLesson and I truly enjoy it.
Overall, I plan to continue to mine BetterLesson for resources and ideas for my classroom and look forward to seeing how the site grows.