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Rebeca Hwang recently told us about an exercise she uses at Stanford University where students create a business plan about themselves . The Personal Business Plan (PBP) is an exercise created by Tom Kosnik that has helped turn Rebeca’s E145 Technology Entrepreneurship class into:
“This was by far the best course I have taken at Stanford, absolutely amazing curriculum.”
Rebeca explains the PBP is a way for students to apply the tools learned during their entrepreneurship course to something near and dear to their hearts…themselves!
To make the elements of the business model relevant, faculty force students to think of themselves as a company. Students do this assignment individually, and ultimately must figure out how they offer value to their world.
“The entrepreneurial process is at its core concerned with ‘the pursuit of opportunity without regard to the resources already under control.’ This process is as applicable to your career as it is to starting a company. The goal of this assignment is to identify where you want to be and how you will get there. Do not worry about your current resources. Think about this with an entrepreneurial mindset.”
Most important of all, the assignment works, and Rebeca’s students love it.
“make sure you spend a lot of time on the personal business plan, it is worth it! I wish I had spent more time on mine, and will in the future because I think it’s very valuable to think about what your plans and possibilities for life are.” “Through the personal business plan, it really helped reevaluate what I desire and would like to pursue in life.”
Below is an overview of the Personal Business Plan assignment. For full details, check out the complete lesson plan below.
The Personal Business Plan
Students write at most five (5) pages answering questions about their future vision (such as “What are your values?” and “ What personal or professional skills would you most like to develop?” ) and about their present plans and passions (such as “ What opportunities could help you to achieve your future vision?” and “How will you reach, connect with or influence your customers?”). The full question sets are available in the lesson plan .
In addition to answering these questions, students include at least one exhibit within their five (5) page limit, which can be “ any combination of graphics or quantitative analysis [they] desire”.
Examples of exhibits professors give students are:
- A resume (current and/or future)
- A decision tree showing paths to a number of future career options
- A specific “short list” of attractive jobs, company names, and key audiences
- Segmentation of different organizations’ readiness to accept your value package using Geoffrey Moore’s adopter categories
- A chart addressing the risks, mitigation strategies, etc. associated with your Reality Test
Faculty give students required and recommended readings/viewings to help them prepare an effective Personal Business Plan, all of which are available in the full lesson plan.
In using sources, guide students with the following:
“Failure to use at least one concept from one of the readings will lower your grade. We will reward skill and creativity in applying the concepts with higher grades. On the other hand, don’t get carried away with citing too many sources. We are less interested in having you paraphrase what other people think and more interested in seeing how you think.”
Grading the Personal Business Plan
A team of two graders reads each PBP. One grades in detail, the other reads to make sure the first grader is not too difficult or too easy a grader.
Because this assignment is about trust at its core, students choose who grades their assignment.
Students are reminded that the grade is not an evaluation of their choice of career path or current life plan, and that only they can decide if their choices will bring them happiness and success.
Professor Tom Kosnik developed a robust grading rubric for this assignment, which is included at the end of the lesson plan.
Because this assignment is worth 20% of their grade, students take it very seriously. Because this assignment is about them and their future, students invest tremendously in it, and receive incredible value from doing it.
We are grateful to Rebeca Hwang, Tom Kosnik, and the faculty who teach E145 Technology Entrepreneurship at Stanford University for sharing this amazing exercise.
Because students are applying business model components to themselves, they deeply engage in learning these components and have a very clear understanding how to apply them.
Through this assignment, students will learn to see themselves as a company, and that they must continuously invest in and develop a plan for. They will also deeply embrace the tools and methodologies they learned in the course because they are applying them to their future. They will see that learning is meaningful when applied to a personal context.
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How To Write A Business Plan (2023 Guide)
Updated: Aug 20, 2022, 2:21am
Table of Contents
Brainstorm an executive summary, create a company description, brainstorm your business goals, describe your services or products, conduct market research, create financial plans, bottom line, frequently asked questions.
Every business starts with a vision, which is distilled and communicated through a business plan. In addition to your high-level hopes and dreams, a strong business plan outlines short-term and long-term goals, budget and whatever else you might need to get started. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to write a business plan that you can stick to and help guide your operations as you get started.
Drafting the Summary
An executive summary is an extremely important first step in your business. You have to be able to put the basic facts of your business in an elevator pitch-style sentence to grab investors’ attention and keep their interest. This should communicate your business’s name, what the products or services you’re selling are and what marketplace you’re entering.
Ask for Help
When drafting the executive summary, you should have a few different options. Enlist a few thought partners to review your executive summary possibilities to determine which one is best.
After you have the executive summary in place, you can work on the company description, which contains more specific information. In the description, you’ll need to include your business’s registered name , your business address and any key employees involved in the business.
The business description should also include the structure of your business, such as sole proprietorship , limited liability company (LLC) , partnership or corporation. This is the time to specify how much of an ownership stake everyone has in the company. Finally, include a section that outlines the history of the company and how it has evolved over time.
Wherever you are on the business journey, you return to your goals and assess where you are in meeting your in-progress targets and setting new goals to work toward.
Goals can cover a variety of sections of your business. Financial and profit goals are a given for when you’re establishing your business, but there are other goals to take into account as well with regard to brand awareness and growth. For example, you might want to hit a certain number of followers across social channels or raise your engagement rates.
Another goal could be to attract new investors or find grants if you’re a nonprofit business. If you’re looking to grow, you’ll want to set revenue targets to make that happen as well.
Goals unrelated to traceable numbers are important as well. These can include seeing your business’s advertisement reach the general public or receiving a terrific client review. These goals are important for the direction you take your business and the direction you want it to go in the future.
The business plan should have a section that explains the services or products that you’re offering. This is the part where you can also describe how they fit in the current market or are providing something necessary or entirely new. If you have any patents or trademarks, this is where you can include those too.
If you have any visual aids, they should be included here as well. This would also be a good place to include pricing strategy and explain your materials.
This is the part of the business plan where you can explain your expertise and different approach in greater depth. Show how what you’re offering is vital to the market and fills an important gap.
You can also situate your business in your industry and compare it to other ones and how you have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Other than financial goals, you want to have a budget and set your planned weekly, monthly and annual spending. There are several different costs to consider, such as operational costs.
Business Operations Costs
Rent for your business is the first big cost to factor into your budget. If your business is remote, the cost that replaces rent will be the software that maintains your virtual operations.
Marketing and sales costs should be next on your list. Devoting money to making sure people know about your business is as important as making sure it functions.
Although you can’t anticipate disasters, there are likely to be unanticipated costs that come up at some point in your business’s existence. It’s important to factor these possible costs into your financial plans so you’re not caught totally unaware.
Business plans are important for businesses of all sizes so that you can define where your business is and where you want it to go. Growing your business requires a vision, and giving yourself a roadmap in the form of a business plan will set you up for success.
How do I write a simple business plan?
When you’re working on a business plan, make sure you have as much information as possible so that you can simplify it to the most relevant information. A simple business plan still needs all of the parts included in this article, but you can be very clear and direct.
What are some common mistakes in a business plan?
The most common mistakes in a business plan are common writing issues like grammar errors or misspellings. It’s important to be clear in your sentence structure and proofread your business plan before sending it to any investors or partners.
What basic items should be included in a business plan?
When writing out a business plan, you want to make sure that you cover everything related to your concept for the business, an analysis of the industry―including potential customers and an overview of the market for your goods or services―how you plan to execute your vision for the business, how you plan to grow the business if it becomes successful and all financial data around the business, including current cash on hand, potential investors and budget plans for the next few years.
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- 2. What is a Business Plan? • All businesses should have a business plan • Combination of all factors that influence your business and how your business will operate • How do you write one? Novus Business and IT Training Program 1
- 3. Why do you need a Business Plan? • Focus your strategy, goals, and objectives • Investors will often require a written plan • Identify risks and plan to mitigate them Novus Business and IT Training Program 2
- 4. A Business Plan… Should: Should Not: • Be a roadmap • Be overly optimistic • List the resources needed • Be too technical or for a business contain too much jargon • Answer • Be needlessly long or Who?, What?, Where?, redundant When?, Why?, and How? questions • Be relevant Novus Business and IT Training Program 3
- 5. Components of the Plan 1. Executive Summary 2. Market Analysis 1 3. Company Description 8 2 4. Organization and Management Structure 5. Marketing and Sales Strategy 7 3 6. Goods and Services Description 7. Historical Financial Information and Financial 6 4 Forecasts 5 8. Capital Need and Funding Request Novus Business and IT Training Program 4
- 6. Section 2: Market Analysis • Research should focus on – The industry 1 8 2 – The target market 7 3 – The competition in the target market 6 5 4 – Regulations and other restrictions Review the following Novus Lessons: Market Analysis and SWOT, Essential Economic Principles, Market Research, and Porter’s Five Forces Theory Novus Business and IT Training Program 5
- 7. Section 3: Company Description • Include information about – Type of business 1 8 2 – Needs of your customers 7 3 – How your business fills those needs 6 5 4 differently than the competition Review the following Novus Lessons: Market Analysis and SWOT, Market Research, Managerial Economics, Competitive Analysis, and Core Competency and Competitive Advantage Novus Business and IT Training Program 6
- 8. Section 4: Business Structure • Include information about – Management team and experience 1 8 2 – Investors and ownership structure 7 3 – Board of Directors 6 5 4 Review the following Novus Lessons: Startup Capital, Managing People, and Leadership and Teambuilding Novus Business and IT Training Program 7
- 9. Section 5: Marketing and Sales • Marketing Strategy • Advertising Methods 8 1 2 • Sales Strategy 7 3 • Customer Relationships 6 4 5 Review the following Novus Lessons: Market Analysis and SWOT, Placement and Promotion, Brands, and Customer Relationship Management Novus Business and IT Training Program 8
- 10. Section 6: Product Description • Detail about your goods or services • Use customer’s perspective 8 1 2 • Intellectual Property? 7 3 • Research and Development? 6 4 5 Review the following Novus Lessons: Market Analysis and SWOT and Market Research Novus Business and IT Training Program 9
- 11. Section 7: Financial Information • Historical Financial Results • Forecasts and Predictions 8 1 2 • Ratio Analysis 7 3 • Comparison to Industry Averages 6 4 5 Review the following Novus Lessons: Startup Capital and Financing, Forecasting, Managerial Economics, The Income Statement, The Balance Sheet and Key Financial Ratios, Working Capital Management, and Analyzing Cash Flow Novus Business and IT Training Program 10
- 12. Section 8: Capital Need • How much $$$ do you need? • How will the $$$ be used? 1 8 2 7 3 • How will you pay back the $$$? 6 5 4 Review the following Novus Lessons: Startup Capital and Forecasting Novus Business and IT Training Program 11
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- 14. Conclusion • Business plans should be regularly reviewed and updated • Can be used for new business and existing businesses evaluation new opportunities GOOD LUCK! Novus Business and IT Training Program 13
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6 Teaching Business English Lesson Plans for All Learner Levels
From learning corporate terms to mastering expressions for negotiating, Business English is brimming with topics on how students can thrive in the workplace. Teaching each concept, however, requires thorough planning and choosing the most effective materials and methods. Whether you’re new to teaching professionals or are a seasoned Business English teacher looking to design better classes, here are some teaching Business English lesson plans you can use for different types of learners.
Learn more about what teaching Business English entails.
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What are some tips for teaching Business English lessons?
Before you get started in mapping your Business English classes out, here are some pointers to keep in mind when specializing in this ELT niche :
- Make sure that you know your students’ backgrounds. Where do they work? What are they responsible for? How do they use English at work? Conduct a needs assessment before launching into your course.
- Get your learners comfortable before you start your lessons by using icebreakers , Business English games , and other warm-up activities .
- Provide vocabulary and practice activities that students will be able to use at their actual jobs.
- Prioritize skills that your learners need at work. If they often meet with offshore clients, for example, business meeting phrases should be one of the first lessons you teach.
- Better define your lesson objectives and teaching strategies by making use of Bloom’s taxonomy , which classifies cognitive skills.
Consider these additional strategies, from the Bridge Specialized Certification in Teaching Business English course , when planning your overall curriculum, as well as your individual lesson plans:
Business English lessons for beginners
These free Business English lesson plans are great for professional students with a lower level of English. They can be used in both online and in-person classes.
Find out how to get a job teaching Business English.
Lesson plan #1: Types of companies
Lesson topic: Types of companies
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe different types of companies and say the products or services each one produces or provides.
- A physical or virtual whiteboard
- PowerPoint slides containing 10 logos of different companies and pictures of different types of companies
Lesson plan #2: Staying at a hotel
Lesson topic: Staying at a hotel
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to make requests and ask for information in a hotel.
- PowerPoint slides containing a list of expressions for booking a room, checking in, and asking about hotel services
- An audio file or video of a hotel receptionist and guest ( like this one )
Business English lessons for intermediate learners
The following teaching Business English lesson plans are great for intermediate learners who already have a thorough understanding of basic English concepts.
Lesson plan #3: Modals of obligation, necessity, and prohibition
Lesson topic: Modals of obligation, necessity, and prohibition
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to talk about the rules in their workplace using the modals of obligation, necessity, and prohibition.
- Handouts (or PowerPoint slides) of the some of the points from this article on company policies
Lesson plan #4: Making a request by email
Lesson topic: Making a request by email
Lesson objectives : By the end of the lesson, students will be able to write a formal email to make a request.
- PowerPoint slides showing expressions for writing formal emails
- An example of a professional email chain
In a recent BridgeUniverse Expert Series webinar , panelists discussed how Business English teachers can tackle the topic of writing business emails with their students. For additional lesson plan ideas, check out what these experts had to say:
Business English lessons for advanced learners
Lastly, these teaching Business English lesson plans should ideally be used with advanced students who are looking to take their language skills to the ultimate level: fluency.
Lesson plan #5: Working with people from different cultures
Lesson topic: Working with people from different cultures
Lesson objectives : By the end of the lesson, students will be able to talk about their experiences working with people from other countries and give advice on cross-cultural work relationships.
- Handouts (or PowerPoint slides) of the article “10 Ways to Work Effectively Across Cultures”
If you’re struggling when it comes to incorporating classroom tasks like those outlined in these free Business English lesson plans, take a look at the following video from the Specialized Certification in Teaching Business English course . It offers tips for conducting task-based learning in a Business English classroom:
Lesson plan #6: Creative presentations
Lesson topic: Creative presentations
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to present a product, a service, or an idea creatively.
- Five different simple objects (a ball, a bag, etc.)
- Equipment to play a video
Teaching professional students is one of the most rewarding ELT niches to pursue, as these students are highly motivated individuals. With the right teaching Business English lesson plans, you can be sure you’re meeting stakeholder expectations and helping your students succeed.
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23+ Free Entrepreneur Lesson Plans (Projects, Worksheets, etc.)
Need free entrepreneurship curriculum, lesson plans, and projects here's entrepreneur lesson plans for high school, middle school, and elementary..
So, you’re looking for entrepreneur lesson plans to help turn your kids or students into the innovators of tomorrow.
And not just to make them into entrepreneurs, but to benefit your kids and students with the following results of teaching entrepreneurship :
- Improved academic performance
- Increased problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Higher self-esteem
But, exactly how are you supposed to teach entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurs, among other qualities, need to be able to recognize opportunities in the marketplace. This means finding a need, and figuring out how to solve that need in a profitable way.
This can be as simple as a kidpreneur/kidpreneurship (or kidpreneur-in-the-making) opening a lemonade stand on a smoldering July day near a construction site, and as complicated as creating a machine knob specifically for tea growers in Japan.
And having this ability doesn't have to result in a person starting their own business; it works equally as well for your child if they work for someone else in the form of more merit raises, one-time bonuses for one-off projects, promotions, leverage in salary negotiations, etc.
In fact, the skill of recognizing an opportunity, and seizing it by writing my own job description resulted in me snagging my first job out of college (worth an awesome $40,000 + benefits to me at the time). More on that in a bit.
What are the other skills a child needs to learn to help them as an entrepreneur?
Psst: you'll also want to check out my resource list of youth entrepreneurship programs , entrepreneur biographies for kids , kid entrepreneur kits , and full review of the Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox .
How Do You Teach Entrepreneurship?
Teaching entrepreneurship is a bit trickier than, say, teaching algebra. With algebra, the equations come out with the same solutions, every time. But with entrepreneurship?
There are an endless number of variables that go into it, and an endless number of outcomes that can come out of it.
How are you supposed to teach for that?
One of the best ways to teach entrepreneurship is to choose entrepreneurial projects, activities, and lesson plans that aim at nurturing these entrepreneur skills:
- Ability to identify opportunities
- Self confidence
- At least basic knowledge of business finances/financial literacy
- Knows how to take measured risk
- Vision and creativity
Elementary School Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Excited to start teaching your elementary school-aged kids about entrepreneurship? Let me share some entrepreneurship lesson plans, resources, and curriculum with you.
Also, check out these 3 kid business plan examples .
1. Venture Lab
Who It’s For : Grades 1-12
Financial Aid : ( Free for non-commercial use ) Curriculum that organizations can purchase to use with students
Length of Program : 90-minute lessons
Location : N/A
Venture Lab offers a curriculum suited for 1st – 12th graders (curriculum is divided into lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school/high school.) This is a course in a box with all of the lesson plans already completed and is meant to be utilized as part of regular coursework, after school programs, or camps.
Its focus is on teaching girls components of entrepreneurship such as STEAM concepts and design thinking.
2. Money Monsters Start their Own Business
Who It’s For : 4th – 8th grade
Students will read through the Money Monsters Start their Own Business book (PDF provided – 51 pages), and then play a game that has them experience the ups and downs of starting a business.
I love how a Toy Store Income Tracker is included so that each student can track their own earnings and see the numbers for themselves.
Psst: you'll also want to check out Federal Reserve Bank's webinar on teaching kids entrepreneurship , which will give you some lesson plan ideas.
Starting a Business Lesson Plans for Middle School
Do you want to teach your middle school kid (or student) how to start a business, and you need a lesson plan? I’ve actually created a Take Your Child to Work Day printable which will give you lots of ideas for your starting a business lesson plan.
More middle school business lesson plans for how to start a business (all free):
- Federal Reserve Bank's Jay Starts a Business (Grades 3-6; comes with teacher's manual with lesson plans)
- Free Kid Business Plan Templates
- Biz Kid’s Crash Course on Entrepreneurship for Middle School
- EverFI’s Venture Entrepreneurial Expedition (for grades 7-10).
- Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneurs course
- Foundation for Economic Education’s Booms and Busts , What is Entrepreneurship? , What is the Entrepreneur’s Role in Creating Value? , etc. (students can earn a Certificate of Achievement)
- TeenBusiness’s Entrepreneur Lesson Videos series
- Parade of Entrepreneurs Lesson Plan
- Lemonade Stand Worksheets , and my best Lemonade Stand Ideas
Psst: Try holding a market day in your class. Here are 22 things for kids to make and sell , 17 boy crafts to sell , and help pricing their products in this market day lesson plan .
Teaching Entrepreneurship to High School Students – Free Entrepreneurship Curriculum
There are some great curriculum and materials out there for teaching entrepreneurship in high school, many of which include entrepreneur worksheets for students.
Psst: you also might want to check out these 5 business books for teens , and 11 business games for students .
1. Alison’s Entrepreneurial Skills Path
Who It’s For : Business students, and people interested in learning about creating a business
Financial Aid : Free
Length of Program : 6 lessons, each between 1 and 3 hours
Alison is a free, online platform with tons of courses, and one of the paths you can go down is an entrepreneurial skills one.
Teachers of the courses include venture capitalists, professors at Harvard, and professional entrepreneurs.
- Characteristics of the Successful Entrepreneur
- Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs
- Creating an Entrepreneur’s Checklist for Success
- Entrepreneurship – Creating the Business
- Key Elements of Entrepreneurial Success
- Why Entrepreneurs Should Think Big
2. Youth Entrepreneurs
Who It’s For : Students
Financial Aid : Schools pay for this program, with the cost based on how many students get free and reduced lunches
Length of Program : 1 year
With this program, students first focus on economics, then they focus on starting their own businesses.
3. Diamond Challenge Business Curriculum
Who It’s For : Kids and teens
Length of Program : 14 modules
Looking for a video business curriculum with instructional guides? The Diamond Challenge’s program covers the following:
- What is Entrepreneurship?
- Opportunity Recognition
- Opportunity Screening
- Types of Businesses
- Building a Business like a Scientist
- Using a Business Model Canvas
They also offer a Social Curriculum track that’s 6 video modules long, including:
- What is Social Entrepreneurship?
- Wicked Problems and Grand Challenges
- Social Entrepreneurship Processes and Challenges
Who It’s For : 10th and 12th graders
Financial Aid : Free (at schools where it’s available)
Length of Program : 1 year (followed by acceleratoredu for the 2nd year)
Through Uncharted Learning’s program, 10 th to 12 th graders develop their own business, pitch their idea ta a shark-tank style event, and even have a chance at receiving funding.
5. JA BE Entrepreneurial®
Who It’s For : Grades 9-12
Financial Aid : Free for students
Length of Program : 7, 45-minute sessions
Location : Anywhere
Through your child’s school, they can take Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurial program. The course teaches students how to create a business plan, plus how to start a venture.
Lessons covered include:
- What’s My Business?
- Who’s My Customer?
- What’s My Advantage?
- Competitive Advantages
- Ethics are Good for Business
- The Business Plan
6. JA Company Program Blended Model
Length of Program : 13 classes (2 hours/class), or as a 1-year program with 26 classes (1 hour/class)
Location : Anywhere (online course)
This is an online program that teaches high schoolers how to solve a problem/fill a need in their community through entrepreneurship.
- Start a Business
- Vet the Venture
- Create a Structure
- Launch the Business!
- Run the Business
7. The Mint's Be Your Own Boss
Who It’s For : Teens
Length of Program : 3 lessons
Starting with the Be Your Own Boss Challenge , The Mint takes your teen through the following three lesson:
- Planning Your Business
- Money & Your Business
- The Law & Your Business
8. Wharton High School's Entrepreneurship
Who It’s For : High School students
Length of Program : 50+ lesson plans
These lesson plans go through the following:
- Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Opportunities
- Global Markets
- Business Plans
9. YE$ Youth Entrepreneurship
Who It's for : high school students
Cost : Free
Location : Anywhere (it's a PDF)
Here's a free PDF with tons of entrepreneur lesson plans and research done for educators, that is meant to go along with a 4-H program. You'll find some nuggets in here, plus, it's free!
Now let’s take a look at entrepreneurial projects that can teach your kids and teens all about starting a business with hands-on experiences.
10. Build a Business Plan
Who It's For : Middle School and High School
Location : Anywhere (online)
Check out this plug n' play business plan creator! You could send your students to this page to work through a business idea of theirs.
Then, at the end, they can print out their business plan!
Questions they'll need to answer include:
- Your big idea
- Who will buy
- How you'll spend and make money
Entrepreneur Worksheets for Students
While I would recommend taking on one of the projects below, or one of the hands-on lesson plans from above, there are also entrepreneur worksheets students can use to learn about businesses.
Here's a few of my favorites (all free):
- Lemonade Stand Free Printables (here's my best lemonade stand ideas , too)
- Lemonade Stand Worksheets
- Family Guide to Getting a Family Business Going (kid-centered)
- Small Business Administration's Lean Startup Business Plan
- Take your students through the DECA Idea Challenge (you'll need to pick your own everyday item to challenge students with, as the competition has ended for the year)
- Take your students through the DECA Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge (again, the competition is over, but the PDF is still available for you to set up your own)
Psst: you might want to check out my review on the Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox .
2 Entrepreneurial Projects – What is an Entrepreneurial Project?
Entrepreneurial projects are a smart way to teach entrepreneurship to kids, because, as with any project, it gives them a chance to dive deeper into a topic that interest them (all under the guise of teaching them how to start and run a business).
Entrepreneur Project #1: Winter Beverage Outdoor Tasting Contest
It’s soooooo easy to sit inside all winter long and slowly accumulate cabin fever (plus a few pounds). That's why you've got to look for fun things to do in the winter.
Well today? We’re going to switch things up. I’ve created a family date night for you ( family winter activities !) that has both an indoor AND an outdoor component.
But don’t worry – with this fun winter activity we’ll keep things toasty throughout.
So, what’s the game plan? Each of your kid(dos) will make (rather, create ) a warm winter beverage recipe indoors . Then here's the twist: you’re going to host a family taste testing contest around your fire pit in the backyard.
Not only will this make a fun family memory, but your kid(dos) will actually walk away with more money knowledge in the process centered around the all-important lesson of how to make a profit!
Psst: Now that’s a money lesson I could have used as a kid, specifically as I’ve gone into biz for myself as an adult.
Host a Winter Beverage Outdoor Taste Testing
Finding fun things to do in the winter doesn't have to mean you're freezing your tootsies off. There's nothing better to keep you warm outdoors in the wintertime than a toasty drink. Well, a toasty drink around a roaring fire.
Here’s how it’s going down:
Step #1: Choose an Event Date
Build the anticipation for your family by choosing a date 1 to 2 weeks out (so that there’s time for you guys to complete the rest of the prep work).
Fill out the invitation on Page 1 of the free printable, and display prominently on your family’s bulletin board/gathering center in the kitchen so everyone knows the date of the big event.
Set the stage for the competition by having your family read their mission out loud. Other cool factors you can add in: make it a Friday or Saturday family date night, under the stars. Let the kids stay up a little past bedtime to complete.
Step #2: Your Kid(dos) Research Hot Drink Ideas to Enter into the Competition
Your kids are the ones entering the competition. They’ll be in the driver seat of actually creating their own recipe from scratch (with some inspiration from below).
There are lots of toasty, kid-friendly drink recipe ideas to get them started:
- Hot caramel apple cider
- Vanilla steamer with cinnamon
- Harry Potter Warm Butterbeer
They’ll get lots of help not only from looking up recipe examples on sites like Pinterest, but also from the worksheet in the free printable (Page 2).
Step #3: Shop for the Ingredients
Once your budding restaurant consultant has determined possible ingredients they’ll need for their signature drink, they’ll need you, Mama Bear, to purchase them.
Take the list your kid(dos) have created and go to the store (solo, or with them) to make the purchases.
Having trouble coming up with a pool of possible ingredients to buy? Use the lists below for inspiration of what to pick up (a few of these ingredients you probably already have at home) and let your kids create what they can from it:
- Bases : hot cocoa, apple cider, chai tea, milk
- Flavors : cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, flavor syrups
- Sweeteners : sugar, brown sugar, caramel
- Creamers : milk, half & half, almond milk, heavy cream, etc.
- Top-offs : whipped cream, caramel sauce, orange peels for zesting
Save your store receipt, as your kid(dos) will need this information to price their drinks later on.
Step #4: Your Kid(dos) Tinker + Perfect their Drink
Using the purchased ingredients as well as anything in your home they can find, host a kitchen lab session where your kid(dos) tinker with ingredients and perfect their super-secret, signature recipes (talk about fun things to do in the winter inside!).
They’ll write down the exact portion sizes to each ingredient that they use as they go along, which is important for the next step.
Step #5: Your Kid(dos) Figure Out the Profit Margin of their Signature Drink
Remember, the goal is to create a new drink for this restaurant that not only costs less than $5, but has at least a 60% profit margin for the owner.
Ahem: between you and me, that means their cost needs to come in under $2.00.
So, as your kid tinkers with ingredients, they need to keep price in mind.
Note: this step can seem a bit unwieldy, but is SO important for the whole process. Just know – I’m outlining both how to do this all by hand, as well as giving you shortcuts to online calculators where your kid(dos) will still learn the process by setting up the inputs and thinking through how it all fits together.
Of course, we’re not talking about the cost of the entire ingredient that you’ve purchased. After all, it’s unlikely they’ll use an entire carton of milk to create one drink. We’re talking about the small portion size that they used of the product.
In other words, they’re not going to get the cost of a single drink they’ve created from your grocery store receipt as it is now. They need to do some calculating based on the measurements of each ingredient that goes into each drink.
You need to know how much it costs to create just ONE of your super-secret signature drinks so that you can calculate the profit margin.
What’s a profit margin? It’s the percentage of what you keep as profit from each $1.00. For example, a 20% profit margin means that we earn $0.20 on every dollar. That means that the other 80% or $0.80 are expenses. Remember that Jack, the man from The Yeti Slide, needs a 60% profit margin, or $0.60 on each dollar in profit after expenses are taken out.
Step #1: Write down your ingredients + quantities.
Step #2: Convert each quantity in your recipe to the quantity on the product label.
Divide your ingredients up by dry ones (like cocoa powder), and wet ones (like heavy cream or vanilla extract).
Then use the appropriate table below to convert the amount in your recipe to the amount that’s found on the ingredient’s product label (front of package).
For example, if you used 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder (dry ingredient), then your conversion is to a ½ ounce (the cocoa powder can is in ounces). Or if you used 2 tablespoons of almond milk, you find on the Wet Conversion table that you used 1 fl. Oz. (the almond milk carton is in Fl. Oz.).
Hint: Can’t find the conversion or a little confused? You can plug the exact quantity of your ingredients into this liquid converter or this dry converter calculator online and convert it into the measurement found on your product label).
Step #3: Calculate the cost of each quantity of ingredient used.
Now you need to price each converted quantity of ingredient by figuring out how much each ounce or fluid ounce costs, and then multiplying it by the amount you’ve used.
Hint: A good estimate to use for dashes of spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg is $0.05.
- Write down the overall price of each ingredient used.
- Write down the converted amount you used of it.
- Divide the total amount in the product package by its price to find what each ounce or fluid ounce costs.
- Then multiply that by the converted amount you used.
- Write down the cost. Then add all of the individual ingredient costs to get your total expense to create the drink.
Example: I used 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) of heavy cream. One 8 fl. oz. container of heavy cream at the store costs $2.99. That is $0.37/ounce. I look at the conversion chart below, and see that 1 tbsp. converts to ½ ounce. So, I divide $0.37/2 ounces, and see that this ingredient for just one drink costs $0.186 (you can round up to $0.19).
Ingredient Cost: $2.99 _ Converted Amount Used: ½ fl. Oz. Total Product Amount: 8 fl. Oz. Cost per ounce: _$0.37/fl. Oz. Cost of Ingredient Used: $0.37 X ½ = $0.186 .
Looking for a shortcut? Here’s a free online tool for pricing out beverages . You’ll need the converted amounts.
Step #4: Calculate Your Profit Margin
Figure out how high your profit margin is if you sell the drink for $5.00.
Profit on Drink: $5.00 – total drink cost = _ $ _________.
Profit Per Dollar: Your answer from above \ Cost drink is sold for ($5.00) = $ Profit
Profit Margin: $ Profit X 100 = Profit Margin%
Step #6: Taste Judging Begins
By now you’ve set the scene for some fun things to do in the winter outdoors – think a crackling bonfire out in the backyard (or in your fire pit. Heck, you can de-hibernate the grill for some winter outdoor cooking/heating), plus a table/flat surface where your kids can place their super-secret signature creations.
Bust out some blankets, cover straw bales with table cloths…you get the idea. (And if you’re in Houston like we are? Well, a hoodie should suffice).
Have your kid(dos) place their drinks on the tasting mat, as well as fill in how much their drink costs and what the profit margin is (all calculations they’ll be guided through on the free printable).
Now they get to take a break, while the parents taste + score each one!
Included in the printable are both a tasting mat as well as a score card with specific criteria, such as inventiveness, taste, and profit margin.
Step #7: Declare the Winners
There are winners in a variety of categories, and then an overall drink that is chosen for The Yeti Slide's Yeti Roasts:
- Most Inventive
- Best Money-Maker
- Newest Yeti Slide Signature Drink
Looking for fun things to do in the winter? This two-part activity for your child that will leave them understanding profit margins like a pro, plus give your family an awesome family date night under the stars on a winter evening when you might otherwise be watching tv.
What could be better than that? If nothing else, you’ll have created quite the memory.
Entrepreneur Project #2: A System for Your Child to Identify a Need in Your Home + Propose a Solution
We want to encourage your child to come to you with things they see that could use improvement, and ways they could add value or provide a solution for you.
Let's go through how to do this.
Step #1 : Discuss with your child the idea that people need things + services.
Here's a conversation outline for you with a few blanks to fill in (where underlined) :
“People need things and services in their lives. They need things to maintain their health, they need things to make life more enjoyable. They need parts to make repairs to their belongings. They need really cool items to buy as gifts for others. They need better systems or processes to make things work more efficiently, which just means taking less time and less money and getting the same (or better) results. All over the world, people need things. In my own life, three needs that I've satisfied through purchasing something include X , Y , and Z . By purchasing them, they made my life easier because <<FILL IN SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR EACH EXAMPLE YOU GAVE>> . Generally, when people need something, they are willing to pay money for the solution. That's why there are so many companies, all which provide products + solutions for people's needs.”
Pssst: MAN I wish I could go back 17 years and give myself this talk! Would've saved me several adult years of banging my head against the wall trying to understand how to make money.
Step #2 : Task your child with identifying a need around the house/property/car.
What could this look like?
A Few Examples for you + your kiddo :
- Find a more efficient way to organize the “command center” in your home.
- Use Google Maps or another program to find a more efficient route for your commute.
- Organize the wood pile + create newspaper logs that are fireplace-ready.
- Find a better way to organize/clean/maintain the video game center in your home.
- Clean out your car (I used to do this for my parents!) + add a car trash can to the back area so that in the future the kids can just use that instead of throwing things on the ground.
- Introduce a better laundry system for the family's clothes so that they actually all end up in the laundry room, sorted, and ready to be washed.
The possibilities are endless, and specific to what needs your child sees in your family life.
Step #3 : Once they've identified a need and come to you with it, you must decide if it's worth it to you to move forward. Don't be afraid if, after they've told you a need they think you have but that you don't actually have, to tell them that it isn't a current need of yours. Hey, the road to success is paved with failed products! This is excellent feedback so that they start to understand their “customer” and dig deeper. Perhaps they'll even start to ask YOU what you want from them!
Step #4 : What are both of your expectations for this job so that you know when the job is completed correctly?
Let them tell you what they propose to accomplish and what that would look like.
Then you share what you, as a paying customer, expect in results. Hash this out if need be (just like a real negotiation between a biz and their potential client).
This includes a deadline.
Step #5 : Now you need to ask them for a price.
I know, I know. You might be wondering, “why on earth am I going to let my child choose how much I'm willing to pay them for something they want to do around the house? Isn't it MY money?”
I totally get that. But remember that the nature of this lesson is to ignite that entrepreneurial spirit in them. Instead of you offering what you're willing to pay, have them go through the exercise of pricing their efforts. Then the negotiations start.
This sets them up for good negotiation + valuation skills in the future.
Determine the market price you'll pay, which is where their price (the supplier) and your price (based on how much you need what they're offering + a dash of several other things) meets. $__________.
Step #6 : Your child completes the work + notifies you.
Step #7 : Using the checklist you both created, provide oversight and see if everything is as it was supposed to be.
Step #8 : Pay the agreed upon rate once everything is up to par. And if they don't quite complete the project + deliver what they promised, it's up to you whether you want to make a partial payment, or not pay at all (satisfaction guaranteed could be added to this lesson as well).
If your child makes it through this process, then they will have successfully figured out a “market” need, fulfilled it, and gotten paid from their initiative. This is something that will no doubt shape their futures.
And if they don't quite succeed? Well the lessons are vast for all entrepreneurs as they traverse through the mistakes, failures, and successes.
It's really a win-win situation.
Let me show you what I mean, with an example in my own life.
How I Used this Skill Set to Write My Own First Job Offer Worth $40,000 + Benefits
While some of my dorm mates were floundering around trying to find employment, I was busy enjoying my last two months of college before entering the “real world”.
Why is that? Because I had a job waiting for me. And the only reason why I had that job was I spotted a need in a local company, and wrote my way into it.
I had interned for an organization in my small college town, and they ended up building a start-up company set to open its doors sometime around when I was due to graduate. One day I asked them if I could have a full-time job there come June. The director looked at me, and said, “go ahead and write up a job description of what you propose you would do here. Then we'll see.”
So I went back to my college dorm and worked on a job description. I thought about what the company was trying to achieve, and tied this into what I wanted to do with my life (at least what I thought I wanted to do at the time).
I wish I had saved a copy of the actual job description, but my sharp memory tells me it went something like this:
“Amanda L. Grossman will be the International Marketing & Sales contact at Chesapeake Fields. The International Marketing & Sales Person is responsible for researching new markets around the world where Chesapeake Fields' products would be well received. Primary responsibilities include understanding these markets, making contact with potential wholesalers and distributors, sending samples, and being the brand ambassador for Chesapeake Fields within these markets.”
With one minor change − they put sales in front of marketing in my job title − I got an offer from them for $40,000 + benefits to do just that. Within the one year I worked there, I ended up negotiating an initial container load of $27,000 worth of our product to a major food retailer in Taiwan.
Unfortunately, my job AND that company went under not long after my first and only year there. But writing my way into a company right out of college based on a need I saw that I could fill? Well that was enough to impress future employers who then hired me.
See how lucrative learning this skill could be for your child? I'd love to hear below what needs (perceived or actual ones) your child comes up with to fulfill.
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Top 5 Business Management Lesson Plans for High School
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September 15th, 2021 | 9 min. read
Coming from a family of educators, Brad knows both the joys and challenges of teaching well. Through his own teaching background, he’s experienced both firsthand. As a writer for AES, Brad’s goal is to help teachers empower their students through listening to educators’ concerns and creating content that answers their most pressing questions about career and technical education.
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As a provider of business education resources, we hear from many teachers like you who are frustrated that they can’t find quality lesson plans for business management. You need to cover management as part of your business curriculum, but finding resources to meet your standards and engage your learners may leave you scrambling.
To help you find the resources you need so you can get back to teaching, we’ve brought together the top five places to find business management lesson plans for high school:
- Business Management Activity Bundle from Business Girl
- How to Manage a Business Lesson by Debby Garcia
- Business Management Curriculum from Texas CTE
- Business Management Lesson Plans from Mr. George’s Academics
- [email protected] High School
In this post, you’ll find out more about each business management teaching resource, along with information to help you decide if one or more of these plans is the right fit for your classroom.
Related Resource: The Ultimate Guide to Business Education Lesson Plans
1. Business Management Activity Bundle from Business Girl
Business Girl is a well-known publisher on the Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) online education marketplace.
This business teacher has more than 230 products available on TpT, including a bundle of activities to teach business management .
The bundle costs $14.49 and includes eight of Business Girl’s most popular resources about business management:
- Business Management Terminology QR Code Scavenger Hunt
- Business Management Functions Script Project
- Business Management Theories Museum Exhibit Project
- Motivational Techniques for Managers
- Business Management / Supervisory Skills Gallery Walk
- Business Leadership QR Code Scavenger Hunt
- Business Leaders in Management Editorial Project
- Business Management Scenarios Advice Column Project
Together, these activities will fill a week’s worth of classes while helping you teach basic management concepts, including terminology, functions, theories, and skills.
This activity bundle is an excellent option for any teacher looking for engaging supplemental resources to break up their everyday management lessons.
However, these lessons may not be the best choice if you are looking for more robust lesson plans or a resource you can use for free. Independent lessons also lack some of the continuity you could get from a more extended business management curriculum.
2. How to Manage a Business Lesson by Debbie Garcia
Debbie Garcia is a veteran business teacher and contributing member to CTE Online — a free community where CTE teachers can find projects, lesson plans, and other resources.
As a member of the CTE Online community, Debbie has shared a number of lesson plans to help other business teachers in the classroom.
One of her most popular lesson plans is How to Manage a Business .
The main objectives of the lesson are to help students:
- Understand and identify the management structures a business can adopt
- Identify their individual skills and knowledge needed to be an effective manager
- Understand that business management is the use and coordination of all resources in a business
To accomplish these objectives, Debbie Garcia organizes her lesson plan into five steps. Each step includes activities for students to understand different facets of business management better.
The five steps of the How to Manage a Business Lesson are:
- Leadership Activity : A team-building activity where students discuss the qualities of a good leader.
- Lecture on Management : A teacher-led lesson on the four functions of management, planning, organizing, directing, and controlling.
- Check Student Understanding : Use essay prompts to check comprehension of the concepts you’ve taught so far.
- Group Work : Students team up to role-play scenarios, such as a warehouse fire or a conflict between employees.
- Formative Assessment : Learners answer six questions on a worksheet that evaluate what they’ve learned during the entire lesson.
Overall, the How to Manage a Business lesson is a great way to teach management basics with various teaching strategies.
The only downside is that you’ll need to make an account with CTE Online to use these materials. However, creating an account is free and gives you access to the entire library of materials available from CTE Online.
3. Business Management Curriculum from Texas CTE
In Texas, career and technical education programs are held accountable by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). It is the responsibility of the TEA to ensure that Texas high schools are following the state’s course standards for each discipline, including business education.
To make it easier for teachers to meet these requirements, TEA’s Texas CTE division has developed teaching resources that are freely available on its website. Since Business Management is a specified course within the Texas CTE framework, teachers can follow the course’s guidelines to build an entire course curriculum.
The Texas Business Management plans include 11 units:
- Professional Standards and Communication Skills
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
- Planning and Decision-Making
- Human Resources
- Leadership and Project Management
- Leadership Roles and Theories
- Quality Control and Information
- Characteristics of Quality
- Career Development and Leadership Skills
With 11 units of content, there are more than enough resources to keep students learning for an entire semester. There is also a scope and sequence document to help guide educators through the curriculum.
Unfortunately, the biggest shortcoming of the Texas CTE Business Management curriculum is that it is incomplete. The website includes resources for only some of the units, so teachers looking for a complete curriculum will need to fill in the gaps themselves. Since the curriculum is state-specific, teachers outside Texas may need to adapt the content to meet their standards.
However, Texas CTE still provides great lessons in units such as Leadership and Project Management, Planning and Decision-Making, and Organizations.
4. Business Management Lesson Plans from Mr. George's Academics
Mr. George is a high school business teacher from Massachusetts. To help his students and fellow teachers, he’s assembled free business management lesson plans on his website.
Mr. George focuses his Business Management Lesson Plans on entrepreneurship and the management skills needed to start and run a business successfully. The plans are designed to last one semester at the high school level.
Content in Mr. George’s Business Management Lesson Plans includes six units:
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- Communications and Negotiations
- Forms of Ownership
- Financial Statements
- Human Resource Management
These plans include PowerPoints, student handouts, and projects surrounding the six units. There is also a course syllabus that conveys Mr. George’s overall objectives for the class.
Mr. George’s Academics could be a good fit for teachers looking to cover business management in the context of other business subjects, particularly entrepreneurship.
Teachers should be aware, though, that they might need to add additional material if teaching management for an entire semester. Some of the units include more content and worksheets than others, so instructors should be prepared to supplement these lessons with other resources when using Mr. George’s Business Management Lesson Plans.
All the same, teachers who want quick, free resources to cover business management would be pleased with the materials Mr. George has to offer.
5. [email protected] High School
The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is widely regarded as one of the best business programs in the world. To better prepare tomorrow’s business leaders, the Wharton School created [email protected] High School (KWHS) , a free, encompassing resource intended to provide teachers and students with business curriculum materials to help them succeed.
Business management is just one of many related topics KWHS discusses in depth. KWHS bases its management resources around the standards set by the National Business Education Association (NBEA) .
NBEA standards are a national set of competencies that the organization believes are critical to students’ future success and are the basis for many state standards and high school business programs. KWHS lists each of the standards on its website.
KWHS provides complete lesson plans in alignment with the 12 NBEA standards of management:
- Management Functions
- Management Theories
- Business Organization
- Personal Management Skills
- Organized Labor
- Technology and Information Management
- Industry Analysis
- Financial Decision Making
- Operations Management
- Global Perspective
The plans are appropriate for grades 9-12 and include additional KWHS articles to help students contextualize and understand each topic under discussion.
Because it is free and openly available, [email protected] High School is a tremendous resource for management and other business lesson plans. As with any lesson plans, teachers may still need to supplement their instruction with additional resources where appropriate. Nevertheless, KWHS is based on NBEA standards, making it a great place from which to start.
Which Business Management Materials are Best for You?
Depending on the type of course you are teaching, the length of time you have to teach business management, and the exact course standards you need to cover, one or more of these materials could be a better fit than the others.
If you’re looking for low-cost, supplemental activities to add to your business management curriculum, consider the Business Management Activity Bundle from Business Girl .
If you want free materials you can add to or build your management curriculum around, try resources from Debbie Garcia, Texas CTE, or Mr. George’s Academics .
If it’s essential to have curriculum resources specifically aligned with NBEA standards , then [email protected] High School could have the right lesson plans for you.
However, if you’re like other business teachers we speak with, you might not just need business management lesson plans. Do you find yourself constantly looking for new lesson plans and ideas for every topic in your course? Are you often worried that you don’t have enough resources to cover everything you have to address in your business classes?
If you’re always searching for another resource, you might need a full curriculum rather than just a few lesson plans. In that case, you should check out the Top 4 High School Business Education Curriculum Resources .
Each of these resources can help you find lesson plans for multiple business subjects so you can meet the specific needs of your course.
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Two lessons ago we talked about the importance of having a vision , which is basically the big picture of where you want to go. And in the previous lesson we talked about goals , which are the specific milestones along the way toward your vision.
So today we’re going to talk about plans, because you need to have a plan of action to hit your goals…
(Watch this video…)
For examples of how to make a typical business plan, you can see: – Small Business Association business plan info – Traditional business plan sample
– Name of business – Vision for the business – Who is the target market? – What will we sell? (be specific) – What makes us different from the competition? – Marketing strategies – Goals for building and growing the business – Plan of action to achieve goals
1) Make a business plan.
If you wish to use my template, you may download it here for free:
Click here to download the PDF file (do a right-click “save target as” to download it to your computer)
So now that you’ve got a plan, you’ll need to commit to it, and figure out how to stay motivated. I’ll be talking about those things in the next lesson.
As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below.
Have a great day!
236 comments on “ LESSON #15: Creating a Business Plan ”
Great information. Thanks!
Hi Eric and Hi everyone!
I like your lessons. They are clear, simple and easy to follow. I agree is very important building a business plan although I still feel like I could assess some of the points since I haven’t researched that well. But,,, one of the reasons why I bought your product is because I agree with you that a growing niche market are people like us: Bloggers that want to make money over the internet. So I am a bit confused here as to why are we doing these as if we were to develop our own original product because I think that is just a really long and bumpy road that I am not that keen on riding right now. I just want a product that I can resell and relabel. Anyway, I hope to gain more clarity on that as the lessons progress. Thank you.
Hi Suzette, that’s a good question. Indeed it is a good niche. Some people refer to this niche as the “bizop” or “how to make money” (HTMM) niche. It is a very competitive niche, and some people do not like the aspect of resellers selling to newbies who then become resellers, etc. For this reason and others, many people would prefer not to be in the HTMM niche.
Many people want to find their own niche, or pursue multiple niches, and I talk about niche selection in lesson 20-21.
For those who do want to pursue the HTMM niche, that’s great. You’ve got a shortcut, because you already know your niche. It’s a great niche because there will always be more propsects entering the market who want to make more money.
Regarding product development. You’re right, rebranding and reselling products is another big shortcut. It’s also a great way to get started. Ultimately, I do encourage information marketers to eventually develop some of their own products. But starting with PLR/Resale Rights material is great, and I do talk about that too in the product development lessons. In fact, I rebrand a PLR product as an example in the lesson.
That having been said, I also think it’s important to treat it like a real business. That’s why it’s still good to get a vision for your business, create a business plan, etc. EVEN if you’re just reselling products.
These are the missing steps that a lot of people don’t take, and that’s why they don’t make money as a reseller. They don’t treat it like a business. Hopefully that makes sense 🙂
Thank you Eric. I really appreciate your response.
I was doing your lessons and noticed that Edward had a website called Dbookworm.com so I clicked on it. Now I cant get rid of it. I tried to delete it and it said it was done by a third party. I am new at computers and after spending time and thought I had his site deleted, I logged in again today with internet explorer and he comes up automatically with his WP logo. In the link it has conduit. Can you please help me.
Hey Karen I don’t know when you posted this ,but conduit is a virus and hard to get rid of
Hey Edward, I took a look at your website and I had your logo saved to my computer, it said it was done by a third party. I did not want this on my computer, how come it is there, now I cannot get rid of it. I would like to know how to get it off.
Hi I cannot pay with my paypal account. They want a creditcard. but I dont have a credit Card. How do I pay? Signe
You can set up payments from a bank account as well. I did it and had a bit of a problem and called them and they were great at helping me. I would recommend them
FINALLY … someone that thinks the way I do.
After reading some of the comments I just couldn’t remain quiet.
This was a perfect lesson that all should take to heart. I personally have had multiple offline businesses from Sole Proprietorship to Corporation. I’ve also been doing business online for so long that I really don’t remember exactly the year to bookmark. (I do remember the bulletin boards prior to the Net as we know it now.) I point that out for one reason …
I LEARNED! A business plan is crucial for many reasons. It’s also one of the first things I cover with those I mentor.
A business plan for an online business is a lot less formal and a lot more fluid in allowing changes. After all, the internet changes all the time. BUT – It’s nothing to be afraid of.
The way I see it … it doesn’t matter to me if you spent $10,000 on a nice shiny object (program) … you STILL need a business plan.
Here’s another thing to consider. If you’ve been around the Net much, or purchased people’s programs, it becomes quite evident that a lot of the marketers want to sell you a nice shiny object to make you think it’s all you need to succeed. Why don’t you? If you did, they couldn’t sell you the next shiny object!
Eric, I’ve purposely never branded myself and never will. So, most don’t know me from a newbie. But, I’ve lurked in the shadows and kept tabs on marketers that I feel have merit.
Actually folks, I commend Eric for putting all this down in a form that he can share. I do it pretty much one-on-one as a free service and really don’t have the desire to take time to write it all out.
Don’t sweat the small stuff .. how to do this or that … it will come in time. No need for Eric to explain something you’re not even ready for.
Good luck everyone .. PAY ATTENTION .. you just might surprise yourself and accomplish something.
Again .. Kudo’s Eric. I like teaching others, but not to the point of writing out lesson plans. Two thumbs up brother.
Did you accidentally set that site as your homepage?
Here are quick instructions to change it to something else: http://browsers.about.com/od/internetexplorertutorials/ss/change-home-page-in-IE9.htm
What are you attempting to purchase?
I believe you and your approach to guiding/teaching the fundamentals for a new business venture in the area of online, internet marketing is unique. I have, over time, investigated a number of courses for various methods for conducting an online, internet marketing business. One of my initial questions in this process has been regarding a business plan for each course. This question has never been responded to. You are the first person to cover this important aspect for any business and provide guidelines for its generation. The same is true for for your coverage of the necessity for “Vision” and “Goals”. In doing these, in my opinion, you have further distanced yourself from 99% of all the other so called “gurus” who offer this type of course and who reportedly have made huge amounts of money from selling them.
This is like a ship in the night…steady as she goes…to the destination.
I really like what your teaching.
I like the idea of a business plan as bad as I want to get a site up and running I want to do it right so I can avoid failure
Hi Eric, the link to the Memphis library has gone. The other one is good, though it deals with issues only relevant to Americans. Other countries have different business structures law etc. I can only answer for Australia, but some of your folk might like this one from my home-state, Western Australia, which is an easy word document. It is also country specific, but your Aussie subscribers will like it.
Thanks! I’m letting Eric know, so we can either remove/replace the link!
I will continue Eric;s Tips and complete the action steps immediately. I will continue with the action steps and complete each step when I get the information for each.
Hello Eric, Good lesson! When I clicked on “Traditional Business Plan” the result was “Page Not Found.” I would really like to have that. Thanks, Joseph.
Thanks, we’re looking for some alternatives now.
You may use this link, to access the original information still: http://web.archive.org/web/20120805110205/http:/www.memphislibrary.org/ftsbc/sbp1.htm
Having majored in Business Admin.with a Comprehensive Finance degree I like the simplicity of the online business plan. Not that it’s simple, It’s what’s needed to be successful. I truly appreciate the step by step, even though I am so aware of writing plans, vision… The few sites i tried starting my learning curve, Admittedly I did not do any and failed. Thought I’d get a site and start raking it in. “WRONG!!!” So by making me look in the mirror .Eric, you woke me up.
I spent way too much up front, you make so simple. I won’t say how much I wasted. Lesson learned.
I have to tell you that I think your lessons are awesome. I, personally, hate the traditional approach to business plans because they’re too hard to understand and prepare. Your outline is so much easier. I’ve already chosen my niche too, but am not sure how to approach the product creation. I’m thinking, since I’m considering the natural health niche, I’d produce an informational product, and then later incorporate a physical product, or number of products. I know this will be a part of the business plan, which is why I thought I’d share this. I’d, of curse, welcome any feedback from anyone about this idea. Thanks again, Eric, and big time cudos.
Can you make the videos in MP4 so I can view them on my Iphone without any special apps installed? I am using my work phone.
We can certainly take it into consideration. It would be quite an undertaking at the moment, to re-render an upload so many videos. Perhaps changes will be coming to the videos in the future.
Online Business Plan Basic Outline
Name of business: Scott Enterprises (Registered sole proprietor business)
Vision for the business: Creation and distribution of Bible Study books for each of the 66 books of the Bible.
Who is the target market: Lay individuals of lower and medium social levels.
What will we sell: The Bible Study books will be sold through “www.ExploreRevelation.com”
What makes us different from the competition: These bible study books are easy to understand and follow the Bible closely. Each topic of the Bible will be examined and augmented with history/traditions and explanations of the subject.
Marketing strategies: The trinity blog will be used to drive traffic to http://www.explorerevelation.com . Other traffic generation methods to be taught in this course will be used to drive traffic to http://www.explorerevelation..com .
Goals for building and growing the business (specific events/milestones, including financial goals, with deadlines): My “Massive Income Machines” and online business generated from the information gained from Eric’s course will provide the funds for advertising and publishing the bible study books.
Plan of action to achieve goals: Eric’s course will teach me how to form an information products business. I will use my bible study e-books to generate sales through http://www.explorerevelation.com and when a purchase is made they will be sent a catalog of e-books that can be purchased for instant download.
First of many versions
Eric, I have been self employed since 1959 so although I am very much a “newby ” to the internet I have owned and used a computer sincr 1971 I am working through your “Tips ” and find them very helpful. For the fisrt time in many (very many ) years I am preparing a business plan and already this has brought results in that I can see the way forward for BillBasicBooks ( 1 of 3 or 4 ideas I have had) This would – NO will – be a membership site with a small monthly charge (small becasus it is intende for “newbies” both on and off line who usually need to keep the overheads down ) and followed by 2 further sites – BillsBetterBooks and BillsBestBooks I am struggling however with “Marketing Stratergies” Any advice, please Bill Jones
We recommend that you hang in there with Eric’s free video lessons at http://www.ericstips.com/ . Eric’s lessons have helped many people to go from beginners, to successful online business owners!
The lessons are presented in a sequence that starts at the very beginning, where the very first things you need to learn about online marketing are shown in the first few lessons!
If you’re interested to go even more in-depth with marketing, you might also want to take part in Eric’s coaching club: http://www.realguysrealmoney.com
Eric, Paul, and Jeff are expert marketers. They will be a great resource for you!
What is included in the Coaching Club: – 2 Live Coaching Webinars Per Month with Jeff Wellman, Paul Counts, and Eric Holmlund – Access to the Archive of All Coaching Calls – Monthly High Quality PLR Product – Massive Video Training Library – Community Forum (JV’s, Support, and More) – Articles, Bonuses, and More http://www.realguysrealmoney.com/go17/
hi eric First, i’d like to thank u for your awesome & simple way of teaching. I m a young moroccan, impassioned and motivated by your courses. My question is: may i develop niches like how to make passive income dedicated to arabs?if yes, can u show me some tips?
Yes, you could certainly focus on that.
Here is the link to Eric’s lesson called, How to Choose a Niche (Part 1): http://www.ericstips.com/tips/lesson19/
The name of the business is “Teaching AutoLISP”.
The vision for the business is programming in AutoLISP and selling e-books about AutoLISP programming and dialog boxes for AutoLISP.
The target market is big AutoCAD users or users of AutoCAD alternatives. I’m also targeting people that want to learn AutoLISP programming.
Engineering firms and architects could form the target market for AutoLISP programming. Technical students are interested in learning AutoLISP.
I sell my AutoLISP programming expertise and I sell my e-books. That is how I’m going to make a lot of money.
Here in Malaysia I do not have competition. I haven’t found nay competition here. But I’m very good at AutoLISP programming.
I have been doing it for more than 25 years. I not only write AutoLISP programs. I also write AutoLISP programs with dialog boxes.
I don’t have marketing strategies. I tried something new. I have written six e-mails to professors of the Petronas university.
Petronas is a big AutoCAD user. I could do a lot of AutoLISP programming from them. But I did not get a reaction from them.
Now one professor has invited me to have a talk with him. That is what I’m going to do. Let’s see what happens.
Maybe I can do something for him. If that is so, he can do something for me. Maybe he can introduce me to Petronas engineers.
I know another big AutoCAD user. I will pay him a visit and talk with him about AutoLISP programming. He could be interested.
But there is more that I could do. I don’t have any idea yet. Having customers find work for me? Or introduce me?
My goal is to make a living with AutoLISP programming. Later I want to open my own office and work with fellow programmers.
Once I have my own business and it is making me a lot of money, I can sell it to the people that work for me.
After selling the business I will not retire. I will stay with the firm. But I’m no longer the director.
My plan of action is to:
– Start a blog 06.01.2015 – Start a newsletter 07.01.2015 – Learn about finding subscribers 06.01.2015 – Look for AutoLISP forums 06.01.2015 – Learn about social media 08.01.2015 – Finding customers for AutoLISP programming 05.20.2015 – Finding customers for my e-books 08.01.2015 – Finding fellow programmers 01.01.2017 – Opening an office 01.01.2018 – Finding a person for the administration 01.01.2018 – Selling the business 01.01.2020
This product was on Erics other website. Is it still relevant today ?
Thanks, Linda 😀
Oops. Here is the product website – http://www.instanttrafficshortcuts.com/eric.html .
Yes, this item is still available and useful for your business.
If you have any questions, you may submit a ticket at: http://ReplyToRichard.com
Name of business: MarcDemers.com
Vision of the business: Creation and distribution of Monthly new Digital Products.
Who is the target market: Make Money Online Industry, including Internet Marketers and Affiliate Marketers.
What will we sell: Digital Products as eBooks, Software, Plugins, Ready Made Membership Site, PLR Products, etc.
What makes us different from the competition: Selling products in multiple formats: Video, Audio and Writing format.
Marketing strategies: Selling through reputable Affiliate Marketers.
Goals for building and growing the business (specific events/milestones, including financial goals, with deadlines): My Economic goal is to earn consistently $10,000 monthly by December 31, 2018, the date of my full-time job retirement. My second goal is to launch 1 product per month, starting January 2018.
Plan of action to achieve goals: My first concert is to be followed by a Mentor of the Online Internet Marketing. I also need to improve my communication with my subscribers. My marketing skill is poor so great improvement is necessary to achieve my goal.
First version – Upgrade will come throughout the coming lessons.
Marc M. Demers
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27+ Lesson Plan Examples & Templates for Effective Teaching [+ Writing Tip]
By Alice Corner , May 30, 2022
Lesson plans are the best way to deliver an effective and engaging lesson. Lesson plans also help keep you on track to ensure that your learners hit their goals and targets, in line with your course curriculum.
But sometimes in the high-pressure world of education, it can be difficult to find the time to create inspiring lesson plans on your own.
We’ve gathered together 28 of the best lesson plan examples on the internet that you can use to ensure your lessons are insightful and inspiring.
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A lesson plan is a document that outlines the content of your lesson step-by-step. It’s a list of tasks that your students will undertake, to help guide your teaching.
A lesson plan is usually prepared in advance and can either cover a one-off activity, an entire lesson, a unit or course, a day, or a week.
Lesson plans are primarily documents that are printed, or saved as a PDF for a teacher to follow. You can create your own lesson plan layout or pick a predesigned lesson plan template .
You can also use a special platform Studoсu , that allows you to store all materials online in one place from any university.
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Lesson plans primarily include a schedule of activities that you will deliver in the lesson. Some lesson plans also include additional sections for more thorough planning.
A general format of a lesson plan can be like this :
- Lesson activities
- Lesson materials
- Lesson objectives
- Lesson goals
- Lesson feedback
If you want to learn how to write a lesson plan in general, check out this section . Otherwise, keep scrolling to see different lesson plan samples and ideas, with tips on how to write the best lesson plan you can as well as templates you can edit right away.
Science l esson plans
Planning a science lesson can mean anything from experiments, to monitoring, or to diagramming and labelling. Creating a science lesson plan is important to ensure that all of the students are effectively learning whilst remaining engaged and safe.
Following a template, like in the science lesson plan examples below, can help make sure that your science lessons run smoothly.
1. Provide a space for reflection in your science lesson plan
Whilst a lesson plan is a place to schedule your activities, it can also be a great document to refer back to when planning future sessions. Adding a reflection section in your science lesson plan can be a great way to add notes about what worked and what didn’t within your lesson, for future reference.
2. Break projects down into sections of deliverables
If you’re conducting a difficult lesson, such as a hands on science project, it can be handy to help yourself and your students by outlining expectations. A checklist can be a great way to make your science lesson plan as effective as possible.
In this lesson plan example, the deliverables have been broken into easy-to-follow checklists.
3. Use illustrations to bring your lesson plan templates to life
Your lesson plans should inspire you, not bore you! Using illustrations is a great way to bring your lesson plans to life.
In this sample lesson plan, the teacher has used colorful and playful illustrations to reflect the content of the lessons.
Teaching math can sometimes seem like a struggle when trying to engage learners in difficult material. Math can sometimes feel “dry” or repetitive, and students can seem easily frustrated.
Math lesson plans are the key to bringing numbers to life for your students, and are an essential for any math lesson or course. Check out these lesson plan ideas for writing the best math lesson plan, as well as some templates you can edit.
4. Use pops of color in your lesson plans
Just because your lesson plan tackles a complex subject doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Using a splash of bright color can help make your lesson plan engaging.
In this lesson plan example a mint green color has been used to help break up the design. You could color code different subjects or units if you have multiple classes to teach.
5. Break your lesson plan into sections to make it easy to follow
Lesson planning can be complex, with lots of different sections of the lesson to think about. Being properly prepared for any eventuality in your lesson starts with good planning. By using sections, like in the lesson plan example below, you can cover all of your bases.
When lesson planning, consider the following:
- Lesson discussion questions
- Activity options for multiple group sizes
- Lesson notes or feedback
In this math lesson plan activity the teacher has thought through all of the needs of their class.
Imagination, drama, romance and tragedy. English lessons have it all. But they can also be complicated to teach, with many moving parts to any one lesson.
Creating an English lesson plan is the best way to keep track of all the learning strands and activities that are needed for learning success.
Like you’ll see in the English lesson plan examples below, creating engaging activities to a strict time schedule is perfectly possible with enough planning.
6. Use your lesson plan to schedule each activity by the minute
Any teacher will know the feeling of reaching the end of your material with 10 minutes left in the lesson.
Avoid running short (or running over!) in your lessons by planning down to the minute. The English lesson plan example below measures out timings for each activity so you finish perfectly on time.
You can use a timer on your interactive whiteboard , or get students to time themselves. Scheduling is a great skill to incorporate into any lesson plan.
7. Think outside the box when lesson planning
When lesson planning, the world, or at least the internet, is your Oyster. Instead of just teaching vocabulary, use scavenger hunts, word searches, or story activities.
Try picking a new activity and building your lesson around that. In the lesson activity example below, Merriam-Webster has a dictionary scavenger hunt that will keep students engaged and entertained throughout your English lesson.
8. Highlight your lesson objectives at the top of your lesson plan
Your learning objectives should guide your lesson planning, not the other way around. Especially in subjects like English, focusing on your objectives first can make sure your students are learning effectively.
In this sample lesson plan that focuses on analyzing a film for an English class, the learning objectives are housed within the same section as the lesson plan overview, right on the first page:
If you want to learn how to write an actional learning objective , check out this post on learning objective examples .
No matter if you’re teaching the near past or the ancient history, planning History lessons is essential for a successful session.
Using common teaching resources such as timeline infographics , or imaginative play and learning are exciting ways to make your History lesson plans exciting.
9. Prepare for history lessons with a history timeline infographic
Teaching history in an effective and engaging way relies on the teachers ability to bring the past back to life. For some students, mentally visualizing history can be difficult. A timeline infographic is a great way to teach historical events.
When planning your history lesson, make sure you have all of your timelines sorted. You can either prepare your history timelines in advance or get the students to create their own history timeline as part of the lesson activity.
Venngage has a whole range of timeline infographic templates that are easy to customize.
Want to learn more about how to create a timeline infographic? Check out the video below:
10. Use themes and historical events to enrich your lesson planning
When planning your history lessons, look for topical themes or historical events that you can anchor your lesson plan around.
In the lesson plan example below, the teacher is using Black History Month as an anchor point for their students’ learning.
Teaching the historical significance of Black History Month, and engaging students in related learning activities throughout February is a great way to contextualize current affairs. There are plenty of resources online to help create your Black History Month lesson plans.
Related Reading: Looking for other global holidays and events to theme your lessons on? Check this Ultimate List of Holidays .
Art lessons lend themselves to creative and visual learning , so your Art lesson plans should be creative and visual as well.
Use bright colors, patterns, icons, and graphics to create a truly engaging visual art lesson plan, like in the examples below.
11. Incorporate learning examples in your art lesson plans
Art lesson plans can be one of the most fun to create. Art as a visual medium lends itself to an exciting and decorative lesson plan.
In the art lesson plan example below, the teacher has inserted visual examples to use during the lesson directly into their lesson plan. Collecting all of this information in one place means that you can quickly refer back to your lesson plan mid teaching.
12. Be creative with your art lesson plan design
If you’re creating an art course, you’re probably a creative person. Why not let that creativity shine in your lesson plan templates?
Fun illustrations and patterns have been used in the lesson plan sample below to create a visually appealing lesson plan design.
When picking colors for your lesson plan design, some schools will need to be aware of color connotations. Certain colors should be avoided due to gang or rivalry associations. Some schools will also want to ensure that all materials produced fit within your school colors.
13. Use colors and patterns in your art lesson plan designs
As well as colors, patterns can be used, like in this art lesson plan example, to create interest in your lesson plan design.
Picking a patterned but simple background is an easy way to add depth to any lesson plan design.
Preschool is an exciting time for learning. Shaping young minds is a rewarding experience, but it can sometimes feel like juggling too many balls at once.
With so many different essential key skills to teach, using a thorough Preschool lesson plan is important for making sure that your learners progress stays on track.
14. Break your Preschool lesson plans into learning sections
Preschool curriculums can be complex, covering multiple areas of crucial childhood development.
Hellp visualize each of these areas in their own right by creating a preschool lesson plan that takes a broad overview.
By breaking your lesson plan into learning sections, like this Preschool lesson plan example, you can get a glance at all elements of your students learning at once.
15. Get an overview of your week with a weekly lesson plan
A weekly lesson plan works great for preschool education planning, as it helps you identify and build lessons around common themes or goals. In the lesson plan template below, weeks have been broken down into different areas of focus.
16. Use icons in your Preschool lesson plan
Using icons is a great way to communicate visually. Icons are easy to understand, especially when you’re skimming a document.
Using icons in your preschool lesson plans, like this example. Not only do the icons help communicate the lesson themes, they also make the lesson plan example super engaging and fun.
Using icons can also be a great way to help students who struggle with non-visual learning. For more ways to improve your lesson accessibility, check out this guide to creating a Color Blind Friendly Palette .
When teaching Kindergarten can be hectic. We all know that meme “teaching Kindergarten is like using a blender without a lid”.
Staying organized is super important, and having thorough easy to follow Kindergarten lesson plans is one way to make sure your teaching stays on track.
17. Use themes to help plan your Kindergarten lessons
Help your Kindergarteners embrace learning by using themes to plan their education. Themes are a great way to work through lots of different learning activities under one thematic umbrella.
This Kindergarten lesson plan example uses St Patrick’s Day as its thematic anchor, and bases Math, Art, Science, and more off of one common theme.
18. Make your lesson plans easy to skim
We’ve all been in a spot when our mind goes blank, and we need to quickly refer back to our lesson plan. Especially if you’re interviewing or teaching in front of others.
By making your lesson plans easy to skim, you can quickly regain your train of thought and continue conducting a successful lesson.
In the sample lesson plan below the teacher has used simple blocks, checklists, and icons to help ensure their lesson plan is easy to understand at a glance.
When creating Elementary school lesson plans, you need to make sure that you’re keeping a good overview of many different subjects at once.
Having a clear, easy to understand Elementary lesson plan, like in the examples below, is really important for making sure that all your learning objectives are being met.
19. Break your elementary lesson plans into day and subject sections
Elementary students will often be studying various topics and subjects at once, and keeping an overview of this can be difficult. By creating a weekly lesson plan you can make sure that your students stay on track.
In this lesson plan template, subjects and activity have been split across the days, with simple summaries of each section within the lesson plan.
20. Include notes sections in your lesson plans
Planning a lesson is important, but reflecting on a lesson is essential. Too often it can be easy to get sucked up into the next lot of planning, but taking time out to properly assess how the lesson went is vital.
Adding notes sections to your lesson plans, like in this weekly lesson plan example, is a great way to remind yourself to evaluate as you go.
Evaluating yourself and your lessons can be a daunting task. Applying various evaluation strategies, such as a SWOT Analysis , is an easy way to give your evaluations focus.
Middle School is a time for make or break for many learners. Skills that they learn in Middle School carry them through life, and it can be a huge weight to carry. But teaching Middle School can also be incredibly rewarding.
In your Middle School lesson plans, like in the templates and examples below, it’s important to focus on success and simplicity.
21. Make note of what success looks like in your lesson plan
In teaching quite often the end goal is not for the students to just arrive at the correct answer, but to understand the process of getting there. Having this mentality in your mind whilst lesson planning is an excellent way to ensure your students are learning effectively, and that your maximizing your teaching impact.
Add a section to your lesson plans as to what success looks like for you and your students like in the Middle School lesson plan template:
22. Color code your lesson plan for ease of use
Colors can be a great differentiator in content, and color coding your lesson plans is a great way to make information pop. In this lesson plan example, each day has a different color which makes planning and evaluating much easier.
Related Reading: What Disney Villains Can Tell Us About Color Psychology
Lessons in High School are the ideal time to set your students up for lifelong success. Ensuring that your High School lesson plans account for success and reinforcing skills is one way to deliver the best education for your learners.
23. Include indicators of skill in your High School lesson plans
In High School, lessons plans tend to be more advanced. In the High School lesson plan example below, the teacher has included a section for indicators of skill.
Indicators of skill are a great way to measure your students’ understanding of a topic, and can be used to help inform your planning and teaching. Add two or three skill indicators into your lesson plans to ensure you know how to identify which students may need additional support from you in teaching.
You can also scroll back to the Math lesson plans section for more ideas on high school lesson plan templates.
Remember how we mention you should include timelines in your lesson plan? Well, for a high school lesson plan, you can include a timeline template like this one to make sure your students understand all the dates required for their school project:
eLearning , distance learning, remote learning, digital learning. Whatever you’re teaching, lessons that don’t take place in a classroom come with their own unique set of challenges.
Engaging learners from behind a screen, or creating lessons that can exist outside of a traditional classroom environment can be difficult. But proper eLearning lesson plans can help you navigate non-traditional learning environments.
24. Break your eLearning lesson plan into activities or subjects
With so many people shifting to remote or digital learning keeping track of all of your separate subjects can be difficult. Creating an eLearning lesson plan that is broken into smaller chunks, with space for each topic, is an easy way to keep learning on track.
In this eLearning lesson plan example subjects are color coded and broken into small blocks.
For more examples of eLearning lesson plans, check out this post on course design templates .
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25. Use a daily schedule when learning remotely
Learning remotely can be a big change for both teachers and students. One way to keep your learning on track is with an easy-to-follow daily schedule. Using a daily schedule as a lesson plan, like in the example below, is one way to maintain a routine during difficult times.
As well as scheduling within your lesson plan, you can also create a calendar to help keep your students on track.
26. Allow time for creativity and fun in your lesson plans
One of the biggest benefits of eLearning, Remote Learning, and Digital Learning is that you can stray from the confines of a traditional classroom.
Giving students the opportunity to explore topics creatively can be one way to engage your learners in difficult times. Every student will have a different learning style , and by scheduling structured creative learning activities you can ensure that your entire class has the opportunity to thrive.
Sometimes simple is best—especially when it comes to lesson planning. When you’re panicked mid-teaching, having a simple and straightforward lesson plan that you can take a quick glance at it can be invaluable.
27. Keep your lesson plan simple for stressful situations
When performing under pressure, staying simple is usually the best option. Using a clean and modern lesson plan design is one way to ensure that you can stay focused on what matters: teaching.
Simple doesn’t have to mean boring, though. Using good design principles and following one or two graphic design trends means that your simple lesson plan template can still look smart.
28. Use an icon to help differentiate different subject lesson plans
Icons are an easy way to differentiate your lesson plans by subject or topic. In the lesson plan example below, a large book icon has been used at the top of the page so that you can quickly see that this is an English lesson plan.
You could use an icon for each subject you teach, or use icons to tell a story . You could even replace the icon with a photo of your lesson materials!
29. Use an action plan approach in your lesson planning
In the simple lesson plan example, the tasks in the lesson plan have been labeled as an “action plan” . By keeping the lesson plan design simple, the focus is really on the content of the lesson plan.
Creating an action plan when teaching your lessons is a great mindset for creating engaging lessons and proactive teaching.
Lesson plan FAQ
How do you write a lesson plan.
When writing a lesson plan, start by outlining the learning objectives—what you want your students to take from the session and work backwards. By focusing on the end goal, you can schedule activities that help your students have a successful lesson.
Once you’ve got the objectives down, you can start planning the specific activities you would like to include in the lesson or the course. Apply a top-down method: plan on a course level the lessons you’re going to include, and then go deeper and think about the activities you would like to include in each lesson.
You should then work on the exercises or projects you would like your students to take on. These should serve two important purposes: allowing the students to apply the knowledge they learn in class and allowing you, the teacher, to assess students’ understanding of the materials. Think about the best way to engage students and make sure you include a variety of these activities besides just tests or exams, like quizzes, group discussion, group projects and so on.
Once you’ve got all these noted down, you can start arranging all the lessons and activities in a meaningful and logical order as well. This applies to the activities within a single lesson too. Answer these questions:
- How much time do you have for the whole lesson?
- What do you plan to start and end the lesson with?
- How much time do you have for each activity?
- If you still have time after all the activities are done, what are you planning to do?
- If you run out of time, what activities are you planning to drop?
What are the 5 parts of a lesson plan?
The five parts of a lesson plan are: warm up, introduction, skill learning, cool down, and reflection.
What are the types of lesson plans?
There are many different types of lesson plans, including: daily lesson plans, weekly lesson plans, unit lesson plans, topic or subject lesson plans, eLearning lesson plans. You can also create lesson plans for different education levels, length of learning period, or based on learner abilities.
To sum up: Use a lesson plan template to write an actionable and easy-to-follow lesson plan
Writing a lesson plan from scratch can be difficult, which is why Venngage has created tons of lesson plan templates you can edit easily. You can also draw inspiration from the different lesson plan examples in this post to customize your lesson plan template.
Simply create a Venngage account, pick the template you want and begin editing. It’s free to get started.
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A lesson plan is usually prepared in advance and can either cover a one-off activity, an entire lesson, a unit or course, a day, or a week. Lesson plans are primarily documents that are printed, or saved as a PDF for a teacher to follow. You can create your own lesson plan layout or pick a predesigned lesson plan template.