Lesson planning is a unique skill, talent, and craft.  The most successful lesson plans are developed by educators that own the content, methods, and strategies in the classroom setting.  Effective lesson planning is achieved with a great deal of zeal, practice, and hard work.  Perfecting our practice is not a simple task.  Yet, we are challenging ourselves to become masters at lesson planning.  

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Scholastic has developed a great resource to aid new teachers with lesson planning.  There are eight questions that center on strategies, grouping, timing, materials, success, sequence, and rationale.  
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Teacher Vision has a multitude of lesson plans, printables, and resources.  Check out their slideshows, forms and permission slips, assessment tools, bulletin board materials, professional development, teaching methods, parent contact resources, printable books, substitute teacher information, and subject-specific lesson planning strategies.  
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How many times have you looked at your teacher evaluation measure and saw the word "scaffolding?"  If you are a new teacher, you may be asking, "What is scaffolding?"  There is a great article called, "Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students," that is a "must read."  Check it out and incorporate these strategies into your lesson plans.
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Gone are the days that we deliver a "one size fits all" lesson.  Our students have different learning styles and levels.  Differentiation is the key to everyone receiving appropriately challenging work and experiencing academic success.  In order for us to meet our students where they are, we must be aware of their individual needs, strengths, and areas of improvement.  
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Super Teacher Tools

by Tanika Johnson

How neat is this website?  Check out Super Teacher Tools.  It is a fantastic website for creating jeopardy games and speed matches.  You can even build a millionaire review.  There are also seating chart makers, classroom timers, and QR Codes located on the website.  
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Check out Mesquite Elementary School's five strategies to ensure student learning.  The aim of Mesquite's Reteach and Enrich program is to guarantee that essential skills are mastered prior to moving on to the next level.  This is achieved through a common curricular calendar, time, collaboration, formative assessments and data analysis, and informed leadership.  
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This video provides educators with a visual representation of Mesquite Elementary School's Reteach and Enrich program.  Mesquite is noted for providing extra time in which students master the core concepts and maximize their learning potential.
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Hot Chalk Lesson Plans

by Tanika Johnson

At Hot Chalk Lesson Plans, educators can share and find lesson plans.  Additionally, they can explore teacher resources.  There are a host of lesson plans for every content area.  Furthermore, there is a link, specifically for teachers, to gather news and tips.  
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Check out a free online directory of lesson plans that focus on computers and technology, cooperative learning, health, language arts, literature activities, math, physical education, science, social studies, special education, etc.  There are even free lesson plan resources for family involvement and learning centers.  
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Apps in Education

by Tanika Johnson

With the Apps in Education website, you are able to browse through math, English, science, music, art, and special education apps and select the ones must useful for classroom instruction.  There are a number of speech to text, photo collagues, smartboard, and animation apps to download.  
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