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Help! Advice on lesson plan templates?

As a special education teacher, settling on a lesson plan template is a hurdle that each new school year brings. Typically, the template I use varies to match the template used by my co-teacher. Using the same template makes co-planning sessions, sharing lesson plans and modifying lessons much, much easier.

For my instructional purposes, I like to have my lesson plan fit on one page. However, finding space for all the intricate parts of a solid lesson plan (think: aim, assessment, differentiation, pacing, scaffolds, spiraled material, extensions….), is very challenging.

I have found that most of my co-teachers use a template that they build on Microsoft Word. In an effort to find space on a single page for all of my plan’s details that I wanted to include, I made my own template, too. You can see a version of it in action here. My dilemma is that, with my own wacky template, it’s unlikely I’ll have the same template as a co-teacher.

Of course, CorePlanner’s software makes both of these problems go away!

What advice can you offer?

Have you found a template that you and your colleagues love?

Do the schools you work for require that you use a specific template?

We want to hear from you! Email with your template ideas! If we choose to feature your ideas in our next teacher feature blog, you will receive a free month subscription to CorePlanner.

Happy planning!

-¬‐ Annie Krut, M.Ed.

Annie is on a mission to teach kids the skills they need to be happy. She’s using neuroscience, the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Get the curriculum at and join the conversation on Twitter: @eighthugs