Sunday, April 29, 2012

Visual lesson plans

Planning for a substitute teacher has never been easy for me.  It is difficult to plan activities that someone else will be able to carry out.  Teaching in a computer lab has made this a bit easier, but not foolproof.  I teach lessons with an interactive whiteboard which is not available to substitute teachers.  In order to make my plans clear to my students, I have begun using visual lesson plans.

I take screen shots of the activities I want my students to complete. I print out a Word document for each class and tape them onto my whiteboard for all to see.

Confusion is avoided about what students are to do.  I also spend much less time writing explanations to my substitute teachers.

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