2.5 Understanding Lesson Plans – Demo

2.5 Understanding Lesson Plans



A lesson plan is a teacher's daily guide for what students need to learn, how it will be taught, and how learning will be measured. Good teachers must understand how to read and implement a lesson to improve instructional outcomes.



Lesson plans are developed from a set of standards or skills that students are expected to master at each grade level. Watch the video Understanding Common Core State Standards to learn more. 



Explore the Common Core State Standards resource page and preview the standards for each subject and grade level. 



Watch the video: Lesson Planning: What is Required? This video will serve as a guide for how lessons should be planned and what should be included in a lesson. As a substitute teacher, you may be provided with instructional materials and detailed lessons, but in some cases you may not.



The “Strategy Backpack” is an opportunity to download resources, guidance, or working documents to support your future journey as a substitute teacher. To leverage these additional resources, create a Strategy Backpack folder in your Google Drive or on your hard drive. Review the materials provided, and save the information you find compelling in your personal folder. Strategy Backpack resources are completely optional to download or complete.

Watch the video, "Maximizing Instructional Time" and use the linked guiding questions to reflect on the planning and engagement strategies evident in the footage.

Often substitute teachers find themselves with blocks of time to fill when students have completed an activity or if lesson plans are brief. It is recommended that substitutes come to class with a few “tricks” up their sleeves; having a few prepared tasks or games on hand to fill time improves student engagement and behavior. Create a document in your Strategy Backpack and paste links/ideas that resonate with you.