The Best Behavioral Strategy is a Dynamite Lesson Plan

Reflecting on the past and future of Dynamite Lesson Plan, a teaching blog.

My vision of the: “Dynamite Lesson Plan” aka great Behavior and Classroom Management. I started this blog in early 2007 and it’s evolved to something I am quite proud of today. I named the blog after something my master “teacher-school” teacher told me after observing me the first time. My class was out of control and it was borderline embarassing. I asked him for strategies to keep their behavior under control and he said:

“The best classroom behavior management is a dynamite lesson plan.”

It’s been years since he told me that and it is still the most true thing I’ve ever been told about teaching.

People are drawn to passion and form like a moth to a lightbulb. If you tell a kid he has to learn math he might buy in. If you tell a kid that every chair in the world will fall apart if people don’t learn math, you’ll have buy in.

A dynamite lesson plan is a direction. It simply inspires a plan. After that, the effective teacher must get creative and use a method. I use EDI as my lesson template but there are other good ones. This blog has become a place where I explore ways to create dynamite lesson plans. I appreciate the input I have in the comments and I hope to get more teachers and students involved in what I do here. My hope is it will inspire teachers and empower students to be great and score high.

Here’s to a dynamite future as we continue to discover the parts of a dynamite lesson plan.


Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

7 thoughts on “The Best Behavioral Strategy is a Dynamite Lesson Plan”

  1. @Meaghan: Thank you for the agreement. It goes along with that notion that learning is often “caught” rather than “taught.” Engaging them is the best way to get a lesson across.

  2. I believe whole heartly that the tone in a classroom is set by the teacher. The amount of effort (say a well planned and delivered lesson plan) made by the teacher is mirrored by his/her students. I’ve had the opportunity, as a substitute, to see this first hand.

    Here’s my question. As a sub I am handed lessons plan to carry out. Sometimes I’m able to add my own flavor (so to speak) but often I find myself going through the motions and thinking… this is sooo not how I’d present this information. How as a sub can I engage students and earn their attention so classroom management is an all day issue?

  3. Good question. Try establishing your tone first thing. Once you get them on your page, you can interpret the lesson with your style and still respect the classroom teacher. I respect subs who are able to do this. You don’t have to be a robot but respect for the teacher should be non-negotiable. Keep us posted.

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