Teach From Dedicated Lesson Plans

Outcome

Externalizing Behavior

Intervention Family

Skill-Building Interventions

Teach From Dedicated Lesson Plans

Interventions with lesson plans or manuals organize content in a logical format and sequence. For example, many of the skillbuilding interventions supporting this recommendation used lesson plans to first teach the concept of a skill, then provide opportunities to practice the skill through role playing, and, finally, to apply the skill in a “real life” setting. Many interventions with lesson plans include specific, additional mechanisms to further engage participants in program content, including videos, worksheets, and homework. These additions may reinforce the program’s key skills.

Lesson plans should include the number and frequency of lessons, the content that should be delivered during each session, and the pedagogy (the way the content is taught) they should employ. Documenting clear expectations for program delivery better ensures that participants experience the same content regardless of where or when it is delivered or which facilitator provides it. Some manualized interventions also recommend ways facilitators can adapt or vary the content to be responsive to participants without jeopardizing the program’s underlying logic. Many of the manualized interventions contributing evidence to this recommendation either: 1) provided pedagogical supports for program delivery, such as videos, skill cards, or scripted role plays; and/or 2) offered supports for extending learning outside of the formal program, such as homework or journals to document real-life instances of conflict and how they were resolved.