Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Furrymom, Dec 9, 2017.
Dec 9, 2017
When you lesson plan, do you type them or hand write them?
Don’t hand write them! Type everything and keep digital copies. That way, you can reuse things year after year and modify as needed. There is no need to reinvent the wheel every week. I did this for everything my first year and now I just spend one hour a week lesson planning. Everything is stored on my flash drive and in my Google Drive.
Organize folders on your flash drive and/or Google drive as follows: Yearly Overviews, Lesson Plans, Lectures, Homework Sheets, Homework Solutions, Quizzes, Tests, Study Guides, Finals, Projects, Handouts, and Warm-ups/Bell Ringers. You may add any extra folders if you feel that is necessary. This makes it so helpful to find things.
Edit: Subfolders are organized by chapter. For example, in my Test folder I have Chapters 1-10. Then, within each chapter I have “Version A,” “Version B,” and “Version C.”
Dec 10, 2017
Im guessing you don’t work in a public school. I’m pretty sure handwriting wouldn’t even be allowed anymore haha.
I actually still use a plan book. My school wants everything online, so I plan in the online program and then print out and put in my book! Lol
Oh, I do that too! Not in a book though. I fold and place in back pocket when I feel like I might need them.
Dec 11, 2017
When I finally had a computer in my classroom on my desk, I began typing. I prefer typing to handwriting (anything). We still had to turn in a paper copy of our plans, but the advantage of the computer was the ability to update, change my mind, and save lessons. Another advantage, I was able to add personal notes to myself to remember stuff, but not include that in the plans I turned in.
I plan the outline in my planbook, but the more specific lesson plans I keep online. I have these little forms I can edit and save.
What type of plan book do you use?
When I was a first year third grade teacher I would ask other teachers if I could observe their classrooms to get a feel for the other grades and I went into a first grade teacher's room and she was very old school. Her lesson plans were literally hand written on a loose-leaf paper and taped to the board. At least if her computer crashed she didn't have to worry about not having them.
I do this, as well. We do not have to turn in written plans, but must show them if asked. I keep a record online, but always have a plan written down with an objective and such.
We type them and submit them to admin on Google Drive.
While I have in theory no problem with administration wanting lesson plans... how often does administration actually read all the lesson plans?
A generic plan book.
Depends on the admin and the time of year.
Ours only requests that we submit lesson plans for one week out of each month. I just copy and paste random stuff from the previous year---no one looks at the plans, and I have my handouts, teacher notes, and instructional materials that guide my instruction. The plans I submit are just 2-3 bullet points for each day.
Everyone who is saying how little effort they put in, keep in mind these are legal documents you could have to testify about one day (though I will admit, getting struck by lightning is probably more likely). These are supposed to be kept by the school for a number of years in case of litigation. Like is a student sues claiming they didn’t receive the full education they were entitled to.
I'd rather spend mine time on things that will actually benefit my students.
Like a clearly focused lesson...
That, among other things.
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