Teaching Strategies for Disrupted Lesson Plans

Disruptions are a regular part of a teacher’s day, as is recovery from them. Whether it’s an ill-timed fire drill, or an unexpected guest at the classroom door, educators need to have an array of teaching strategies at the ready to keep students engaged in a post-distraction timeframe.
Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is a seasoned elementary school educator based in Upstate New York, looks at some teaching strategies that you can use when your carefully crafted lesson plan is disrupted or goes awry.
Janelle’s ideas include teaching strategies for when a lesson is interrupted by:
  • A Fire Drill
  • A Person
  • Finishing Early

Janelle sums up her article thusly: “In order to save a disruptive or derailed lesson plan, you must plan ahead for every unforeseen scenario. Keeping clipboards with worksheets by the doorway for fire drill days, creating a Top 10 board for early finishers or when your lesson plan ends early, and having a variety of games and activities ready to go when you are in a pinch can be a lifesaver. Always have a backup plan and remember not to overreact -- then you will be able to get through anything that comes your way.”
What are your teaching strategies for when your lesson plans get disrupted? Please share your tips and ideas in the comment section of the actual article on TeachHUB.com, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this topic.
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