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Three Lesson Templates for Substitute Teachers

Teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Imagine the horror of dealing with misbehaved and monstrous children all day, five days a week. That’s an exaggeration, of course, and teaching can be very rewarding. However, it can be very tough. And it’s even tougher for a substitute teacher. A substitute has to keep up with the regular teacher’s lesson plans. Now if you only have to teach the class for one day, you can put in a movie or hand out a work sheet. But what if you have to take over the class for an extended period of time? Here are three substitute teacher lesson plan templates that you can use.


The obvious thing you can do with your class is give them a lecture. This template can be useful especially if you are very knowledgeable about the topic. It’s the best way to present a large amount of information to your students in a short period of time. But make sure that if you use this template that you keep it exciting because kids can become bored very quickly. This template can be best used in history and social science classes.


Another template that you can use in class is an interactive lesson plan. This template is best used if the students have to learn a certain set of skills or processes, like in math and science. How it works is that you show them how to solve a problem, and then the students work on similar problems. When they’re done, you or the students can show the solutions for the rest of the class. Any questions can be answered at this time.


The final template that you can use is a conversational lesson plan. This one is best used in English classes. All you have to do is to get the kids into a circle and discuss a certain book or subject, and then you guide the discussion along in a calm and orderly matter with questions or thoughts. You must be careful though, because you can lose control of the group very quickly if you let it.

Now if the regular teacher gives you a lesson plan, use it. But if he or she doesn’t, you have a few lesson templates here you can use.


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