Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Books of Lesson Plans for Preschool Teachers

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Nell K. Duke
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Jessica Soulliere
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This product is a collection of lesson plans for preschool teachers. There are approximately [half a million] (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm) preschool teachers in the US, and the occupation has a high turnover. First-year teachers, in particular, spend a [huge amount of time on developing lesson plans] (http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/new-teachers-guide-creating-lesson-plans) that can be then used for years to come. But there’s no guarantee of the effectiveness of these lesson plans. This product represents a set of lesson plans that cover a wide range of important topics and are supported by research.

Well-rounded, effective lesson plans

A team of early childhood education specialists constructed these lesson plans based on research of effective teaching strategies. The curriculum strikes a balance between mathematics, science, literacy, and social emotional learning. This is an important step forward, given that the average 6-hour day in preschool only dedicates 58 seconds to mathematics. This technology is relevant to early childhood education prior to K-12 schooling. While there are several products available, both free and proprietary, this is the only product that is grounded in well-established research.

Applications

  • Reduce administrative burden on new Preschool teachers
  • Improve mathematical abilities of students

Advantages

  • Grounded in research on effective early childhood education
  • Balance between several important educational domains.