As a music teacher (like any specialist), I see everyone in the entire school. In my case that means I have students from PreK3- 6th grade to prepare for as well as multiple classes within each grade level. As much as I would like to keep every class together all the time, it just doesn’t happen. You know what I mean: fire drills, snow days, and like my experience last week, no electricity for an afternoon.
I came up with this lesson plan template last year and it has served me well so far. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to read if you’re used to just a blank sheet with general ideas on them. I used to have vague lesson plans but, after having 6 or sometimes 7 sections of a grade level, I would forget which class finished the lesson, which class almost finished, which class struggled. I needed a better system to keep myself on track. I know it looks complicated but it helps me keep track. My poor substitutes don’t really understand it at first glance. It’s very chart like because my OCD side likes to have everything neat an organized an in it’s own little box. Plus, I get to check off things we’ve done in the little boxes. 🙂
There are standard places for Focus, Intro, TEKS (or National Standards), Objective and Vocabulary. Those pieces are more for admin than me but documenting them proves that what I’m teaching is legit and not just fluff. The “Connections” area is a left-over from a principal who wanted music to be a support for the general ed classroom rather than a stand-alone quality course. Even though I don’t have to, I leave it in because I’m not going to change how some people view music education (that’s a whole other tangent I won’t tackle today) and it’s proof that not only is quality music teaching going on in my classroom but also support for the general ed classroom.
The meat of the lesson is found in the Lesson Activities section. I didn’t have a better name for it. This is where the most bulk of what each lesson is about goes. I list each activity so that I can check off that each class completed it. That way, when I do my plans for the next week, I know exactly how far each class got, which class needs re-teaching, which class missed the lesson because lunches were behind and only got ten minutes of music…..you know it happens.
If you are interested in this template, you can download it HERE.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment with an email so I can get back to you or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!