Susan Riley | May 2015

Stop Lesson Planning

Do you ever feel like you are constantly lesson planning?

You’re either creating new lessons, adjusting lessons you already have or are seeking (or coveting) lesson plans from somewhere else. Listen – that cycle has got to stop! No wonder we are all overwhelmed!

In today’s EdCloset On-Demand, I’m sharing 3 steps to stop this vicious lesson planning cycle. It’s actually based on a strategy you probably already know: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  This simple, yet effective, environmental strategy can be used for our own lesson planning sanity.

After all, there’s no use in throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Rather than constant lesson planning and creation, it’s time to take a good look at what you want to keep, what you need to adjust and THEN what you need to plan for throughout the year. Get all the details in today’s video segment:

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You don’t need to constantly be writing lesson plans.  Sure – there are some great ideas out there and fresh takes on some old favorites.  But remember: we all have our “little black dress” lessons – classics that never go out of style.  Need to adjust the standards to match new ones that have come out?  Maybe you want to align these lessons with other natural connections and create an arts integration lesson or unit.  That’s fine, too, and our Common Core through the Arts online class will help you do all that.  In the meantime, though, don’t forget that you already have some great lessons – only add more when it’s really necessary!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan