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Teacher Tools: 5 Minute Lesson Plan Hack and More!

Posted by Informed Families on April 1, 2015 at 12:29 AM

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning" - Brad Henry
We understand that your life as a teacher is tough. You have many responsibilities - the greatest of which is educating our children to help them make a positive impact on our future. We want to make your life easier, so we are sharing these teacher tools: 3 tools to make your life easier. 

Lesson Plan Template

There are many classroom management styles...all of which should include preparing your lesson plan in advance. Having a good lesson plan template and preparing well will make it easier for you to make learning fun for students. Our ultimate teacher lesson plan template word document will help you create awesome lesson plans that keep students engaged and interested in the content you are presenting to them.


"Plans are nothing; planning is everything." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Regardless of your classroom management style, we believe preparing well will show tangible results when your students become increasingly engaged and excited during your lessons.

Improve Your Lesson Plan In 5 Minutes 

One of the best way to improve your lesson plans is to look back at previous lessons and see what worked best. A great quick analysis trick we got from Busy Teacher is what we like to call the stoplight analysis.
All you need is five minutes (or less!) and a red, yellow, and green highlighter or pen. Go through your lesson plan piece by piece and mark things that worked well (green), needs improvement (yellow), and did not work well (red). To get the most from your analysis, implement your analysis in future lesson plans. This is especially easy if you reuse lesson plans, helping you to constantly improve them.

Make Lessons Fun by Including Games

Use engaging games to keep students energy levels high and their minds interested in your lesson presentation. Super Teacher Tools has some great game examples including Jeopardy style review games, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire trivia, and Speed Matching Games.


We hope these teachers tools make your life easier by allowing you to focus more time doing what it is you love to do. We provide these tools because we care about educating our youth so they can grow up safe, healthy and drug free and we believe that starts with education!
Download Your FREE Lesson Plan Template

How to change PDF to Word Document:

If you'd like to edit the Lesson Plan Template on your computer, you can do so by opening up the PDF in Acrobat. Click on Export PDF tool in the right pane. Choose Microsoft Word as your export format, and then choose Word Document and click Export. Name the Word file and save it in your desired folder.

Looking for helpful teachers tools?

Check out Teacher Tools: Lesson Plan Templates and Other Resources for access to a teacher resume template, classroom newsletter template (and other teacher newsletter templates for outreach), and other tools to help you strengthen your classroom management philosophy. Keep an eye out for our upcoming free classroom management plan template.

Topics: education, teacher tools, lesson plan template

About Us

We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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