If there’s one truth about good teachers, it’s that we have a million great ideas and very little time to put them into action. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard teachers say “Wow, I really want to develop this activity, but I just don’t have the time!”
Between class time and lesson planning and communicating with parents and meeting with colleagues and reviews with administrators…not to mention those few hours of sleep we need…time is in short supply for educators. I bet that sounds familiar, right?
That’s why I love showing teachers how to create templates. Once you have a good set of quality, adaptable templates at your disposal, the sky’s the limit with what you can create. All without spending hours and hours working on lessons!
- Huge time savers.
- Adaptable to many different subjects.
- Usable all throughout the school year.
Sounds good, right?
Let’s dive into the world of templates in teaching.
What exactly is a template? In brief, a template is a pre-set form of a document or slideshow that you can easily copy, edit, and adapt to a new creation. For example, you may have a template for a science lab report. It contains the structure you would need for a variety of lab experiments, so each time you plan a new science lab, you just make a copy of the template and edit the fields as needed.
There are all sorts of templates you can use in the classroom: templates for note-taking, comparison charts, puzzle games, spelling practice, writing prompts, reading responses, art projects, and so much more.
A good template is one that is easy to edit, quickly adaptable to a variety of subjects, and simple to use. Because we know how precious time is to teachers everywhere, Planerium has several templates that meet all these criteria.
Take a look at our template products below. I’m sure you’ll find a few that will be perfect for your classroom!
Puzzle Game Templates – Use this PowerPoint template to create interactive games suitable for any subject and any grade level. You can insert any image, place the puzzle template on top, and then ask students questions or riddles to reveal the image behind. Includes 6 puzzle templates of varying difficulty.
Puzzle templates clipart (Free!) – This free template will get you started with designing a variety of puzzle activities for your classroom. It includes 12 high-resolution designs of 2 connected puzzles pieces. Perfect for matching sight words with pictures, math problems with solutions, or foreign language words with their proper translation.
3D Puzzle Row Templates – Easily adaptable and perfect for games, activities, bulletin boards, presentations, posters, and more. These high-resolution .PNG files are simple to resize for your particular needs.
Certificates and awards – Planerium offers a wide variety of certificate and award templates to help you foster a positive community in your classroom. Choose from welcome certificates, grade level diplomas, and motivational stickers.
Let us know which templates caught your eye! We’d love to see how you use them in your classroom, so drop a comment on the blog or visit us over on our Facebook page.