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Education (Research Resources): Lesson Planning


This is a quick guide to lesson planning.

For a more comprehensive look, see the Education Library Guide on Lesson Planning

What do I teach?

Identify broad long-term curricular goals as well as specific shorter-term (lesson) objectives.

Includes understandings, concepts, skills, facts, theories, attitudes that might be taught explicitly or implicitly, intentionally or unintentionally.

Standards and Core Curriculum links:


Tests Available in our Library:

Find items by title or  subject:

TIP -- In Glocat choose the TERC tab to limit your results!

  • Title search in GLOCAT - Select the Advanced Search tab, click the left drop down box to 'Doc Type' and add the search term test* on the right side or add the title of the item.

  • Subject search -- Select the Advanced Search tab of our library catalog, GLOCAT, then enter a subject term such as mathematics in one of the search boxes;  in another search box, select 'Doc type' from menu and enter tests in the search box.
  • Browse on shelves: See signs posted on TERC stacks to identify a subject number of interest (example: 372.2 for early childhood, 372.7 for mathematics), locate the number on the shelves and look for the CA (Curriculum Resource Assessments) section of that subject number.

Finding Test Reviews:

 Use the online index to the Mental Measurement Yearbook and related Tests in Print volumes to identify which Yearbook or Tests in Print volume contains information on a particular test; then find full text of reviews and/or a list of citations to journal articles, books and dissertations in the paper volumes available in our library:

  • Mental Measurements Yearbooks -- located on the top floor of Milne Library at: BF431 .M46

Tests in Print volumes.  Do not contain full text  of reviews; contain test descriptions and lists of citations to journal articles, books, dissertations and  some Mental Measurement Yearbook content.

Who am I teaching?

Identify the cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, physical characteristics of your students (age, gender, family composition, cultural customs, learning styles, etc.) as these relate to teaching and learning.

Online videos:


Search terms to keep in mind:

Learning Disabilities, Inclusive Education, Multicultural Education/Diversity, Minorities, Multiple Intelligences, Child Development, Affective Teaching, and Classroom Management.

How do I teach?

What methods and materials do I use?

Methods include teaching stategies, learning activities, evaluation/assessment of teaching and learning, classroom management (logistics of time, place, managing student behavior, etc.

Use a variety of classroom materials (textbooks, videos, games, cds, software, manipulatives, etc). to help you to reach students who learn in diverse ways.

TIP-- In Glocat choose the TERC tab to limit your results!

Helpful Links to sources on methods and material:

Why do I choose certain sources over others?

Sample evaluation criteria for ALL teacher and student materials:

  • Accuracy of content
  • Author credentials
  • Publisher (give special attention to materials published by national teacher organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English)
  • Publication date
  • Appropriateness of content and activities for pupils’ age and abilities