Need some creative lesson plan ideas? A spark? Some inspiration? These tips will get the ideas flowing!
If you’re like me, you want to make school a memorable experience. You want to improve on the “eat your vegetables” approach to learning.
“But I’m not a creative person.”
“But I’m not good at coming up with new ideas.”
“But I’m not innovative.”
Coming up with cool ideas for learning is tricky. Sometimes, they hit you like a bolt of lightning. Sometimes, your lack of ideas feels like a months-long drought and you think it’ll never rain again.
What you need is a jump-start.
You know, a spark to get your motor running when you’re all out of lesson planning energy.
Read this list of tips and ideas for sparking creative lessons (and check out the video at the end of this post). You can try some of the suggestions — or some new ones you come up with while reading! — and get going.
None of these ideas is guaranteed to generate creative lesson ideas. But they are likely to get you started!
Good luck! And remember … you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to get started.
Do NOT sit at your desk, empty lesson plan book in front of you, trying to conjure new ideas.
Think about your favorite moments from school as a child.
Think about your favorite moments OUTSIDE of school as a child.
Look through your yearbooks — as a student and as a teacher.
Take a walk — or go for a run. (Exercise is known to improve brain function.)
Ask a student about a fun app on her phone and what she likes about it.
Ask a student about the book he read recently that he loves — and ask for all the spoilers.
Ask students about their favorite YouTube channels and what they do in the videos.
Ask students about their favorite board games and what rules/twists make them interesting.
Ask students what they do at home that’s super, super fun.
Ask students what changes they’d like to see at school — and in the world.
Ask students what they want to do when they grow up.
Look for the story in what you’re teaching — the conflict, the characters, the metaphor, the happy ending, etc.
Look for the recipe in what you’re teaching — the ingredients, the steps, the tools, etc.