Even though there are so many lesson plan resources on the net, we believe that there can be no substitute for a lesson plan that is created by you, the teacher, that is tailored to the specific student populations you are serving. This tutorial is meant to assist you in developing a plan that is designed to meet the needs of your students and that is framed according to what is considered to be best practices in teaching and learning. It is also our belief that the infusion of technology in teaching is a necessary element to meeting the needs of today’s 21st Century digital learner.

The following should be considered for lesson planning:

1) Know who your students are. Know ability levels; backgrounds; interest levels; attention spans; ability to work together in groups; prior knowledge and learning experiences; special needs or accommodations; and learning preferences. This may not happen as quickly as you would like, but it is important for designing instruction that will meet the needs of your students. That’s key in successful teaching and learning!

2) Know your content. It is important for you to research the subject matter that you will be teaching. You should also utilize curriculum guides published by the state in which you teach and the local school district that employs you. It is also a good idea to know the national standards and state standards that drive curriculum in each subject area that you are responsible for. You can visit web sites that are … Read More