Back to school: skip prepping and go straight to planning


With a new school year around the corner teachers are faced with a seemingly never-ending to-do list: creating visuals, building slide decks, accomplishing administrative tasks, and, of course, planning lessons.

Suffice to say, there’s a lot on their plates in terms of planning and prepping.

What’s the difference between planning and prepping?

Each comes with entirely different objectives.

To plan, a teacher needs to strategize how they will orchestrate a lesson. What teaching moves should they make in order to ensure students’ needs are being met?

To prep a lesson, a teacher needs to build front-facing materials (often from scratch), thinking about how they want to introduce their students to content.

Creating these materials can take a lot of time. Prepping takes up about:

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How to spend less time prepping and more time planning

Teachers can’t forgo using student-facing materials during their lessons, but they don’t need to spend 45 minutes a day creating resources from the ground up. When curricula come with whole-class materials like warm-up slides, presentations, and prioritized questions, that’s five weeks worth of time that can be transferred from prepping to planning.

LearnZillion’s Illustrative Mathematics and Guidebooks curricula give teachers access to lesson plans with built-in student-facing materials; So they can skip the slide building and go straight to strategizing their teaching moves. Try a unit with your classrooms.

Want to use classroom-ready curricula in your district? Get in touch.


Emily Priborkin is the Marketing Communications Specialist at LearnZillion. A musical theatre nerd at heart, she'll gladly recite and perform all of the music from Les Misérables as a solo act.

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