Sunday, January 17, 2010
Sub Friendly Lesson Plans
As I had not anticipated being out from work for so long (or at all really), I was not at a good point in my projects for a sub to step in and take over. Of course, most of my classes finished their work my first day out. As I did not know what type of computer skills my sub would have, or even if I would get the same one each day, I needed to write lesson plans that were simple enough for a non tech-savvy person to lead, yet still entertaining and worthwhile for my students.
Naturally, I turned to the Internet to search for project ideas, but found very few simple projects that I could use. Computer education is a tough subject to need a sub in, as it's quite common to have someone step in who can barely turn on a computer. So what's a teacher to do?
Since I was in panic mode, I did not spend much time searching for projects online this week, but rather made up my own (which of course my students finished much too quickly, making me scramble for more ideas again!) Now that I've had some time to breathe, I decided to look for some online resources should I be faced with an unexpected absence again someday.
Here are a few sites that I discovered that you may find useful:
Desktop Publishing Lesson Plans
Tonya Skinner, a business education teacher, has an amazing website full of great desktop publishing lessons. Many are simple enough for a sub to do with students, and others are much more complex. Either way, this is probably my favorite computer lesson plan resource. It's amazing and worth checking out in general.
Scavenger hunts make a great quick and easy lesson plan that requires very little prep. work for your sub. You just want to make sure that the websites that students will need to access are not blocked by your school's web filters. This particular page is also provided by Tonya Skinner (mentioned above).
Computer Lesson Plans
This site has a lot of computer-based lesson plans for various grade levels. Some are long, some are short-term projects, many are fairly simple and "sub friendly".
This site has lots of different lesson plans, some quite easy for a sub to teach, but there are annoying pop-up ads to contend with.
This site has 5 simple lesson plans that are actually about computer-related topics.
Hopefully you will find these sites useful. As I mentioned, it's tough to find relevant and simple lesson plans that any sub could handle, so if you've found any other great resources, please post them in a comment for all to see!