Do you do lesson plans?

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  1. MissScrimmage

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    Oh yes, I definitely don't 'wing it'. I tried that one afternoon... worst afternoon of my career. Never again. I chalk that one up to rookie confidence.
     
  2. 2ndTimeAround

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    You're telling a different story with the 2hour movie bit. That is inexcusable. If they *are* working from memory and adding in parts to cover the new standards, then I say more power to them. If they aren't making plans because they aren't going to teach anything, then of course I don't support that.

    And please don't read my previous post in the wrong vein. I totally agree that what you do to prepare for the week is your business. It does not matter if you are making slackers look bad. I was just saying that might be why they are telling you to not go in - because they know it is making them look bad.
     
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    My planning on the fly or "winging it" is when I walk in my room in the morning and I don't know what activities we'll do and in what order. But I do know what lesson I'm teaching and where I want to be at the end of the week.

    I've only done this a couple of times - this past week I had to do a smaller scale version because my plans were messed up. So I did Wednesday's previously planned activity on Tuesday instead. I still had plans but I had to switch them up and make small adjustments as a result. The other times I've done it was after I was called away from class or had to go home sick one day. The next day back with that class needed serious adjustments.

    I never follow my weekly plans perfectly anyhow since I adjust as we go along. If my students need more time on XYZ, they get it. If I feel they need a quiz or a review I hadn't planned on before, they get it. I think that is just good teaching.

    It is easier for me because I've taught the same subject for a while and I teach it three times a day. So the same lesson has been taught, in the same sequence, many times over. We have a district-wide pacing guide and I have others within my team that I consult with.

    So it isn't like I'm going in with absolutely nothing, as a sub would.
     
  4. DrivingPigeon

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    Oh, I totally get what you were saying...I hope it didn't sound like I was "yelling" at you! My old team (at a different school) would actually come out and say that I was making them look bad! It was really frustrating...
     
  5. TamiJ

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    I am not judging anyone either but I honestly cannot imagine trying to teach without plans.
     
  6. missapril81

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    I do plans, but usually to give me a general idea of what. I am doing. Ours Just has to be so a sub could follow. However if I know I am getting a sub. I do separate lessons typed up for them (mostly if it is an introductory lesson). Our math seriea is not a fave of mine and some subs I have not had success with. Also, I don't always stick to plans depending on how quickly we mov through the subject at hand or if they are struggling with the skills.
     
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    We are required to email our plans to the instructional coordinator (like an AP, but less pay) no later than Monday morning. My P loves my plans and wouldn't require me to turn them in, but in order to be fair to all, I'm included, and I really don't mind, since I'm already emailing the plans to our other 1st grade teacher (don't ask - long story that ends with me doing all planning because otherwise it wouldn't get done). I actually print two copies of my plans - one for my Plan Book (sits on a bookcase by the door for instant access for any district administrator who cares to check it), and one for my personal use. I make notes of what works and what doesn't, who needs extra help, etc. In addition, because I keep it on my teacher table, I am able to quickly note changes to lessons (fire drill or whatever) and to double check needed supplies.

    I teach in a very low income, urban school. My current school is Heaven compared to the one at which I spent my first year (pure H*ll). That being said, I still have students who face many challenges, behavior more often than not being one. I have 6 different reading groups in my classroom, because they are at different levels. I do interventions for reading twice each day, and for math once (in addition to core instruction). I progress monitor for reading (DIBELS NWF and DORF) and math (Aimsweb oral counting, number id, quantity discrimination, missing number, and math computation) every other week, and this has to be noted on my plans, because it take time out of core. I tend to overplan, for a number of reasons. One, by having more than what I need at arm's length, I lessen behavioral issues because I don't spend 5 minutes looking for something, giving kids "down" time. Two, if I see that something is not working, I have other ideas handy and don't have to wrack my brain.

    I get to school at 6:30 am, and retrieve my students from the auditorium at 7:50. I leave by around 3:30, but I do take work home at night and on weekends.
     
  8. giraffe326

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    I will sort of be 'winging' it tomorrow morning. :blush: I have unit plans that I wrote a month ago. However, I was out of town the week before spring break, so I have no idea what my sub did or didn't get to. So, I have an idea, but I won't know details until I get there in the morning.
     
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    They would be written up at my school! We have a very strict 'no movies' policy thanks to the K teachers at my school. A few years back they sent home a questionnaire to ask which movies they wanted their children to watch on the last 2 days of school :dizzy:
     
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    Oh, wow...!!!
     
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    Uh oh! I very rarely play movies. In fact the only time I play movies is when we have a mandatory party. For example Halloween. Personaly I would rather just have the day off. We do a morning parade and a mandatory party until noon. Then the kids go home.
     
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    I had to write elaborate plans and get prior approval everytime I wanted to show a Bill Nye video, or something similar.

    The only day that I really want to show a movie for entertainment is on field day. After playing all morning, it is impossible to teach anything.
     
  13. FarFromHome

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    I definitely do lesson plans this year, since it's my first year teaching music. I've always done them, but I usually just list the activities that I will do for each subject. I did notice that I wrote less when I was in my 3rd and 4th year in the same grade level. I had a lot more free time also! I've been switched around so much now that it's necessary to write a little bit more.
     
  14. 2ndTimeAround

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    I show two movies per semester. We aren't supposed to show full movies, but instead show clips. I got admin's permission to show two 60 minute clips ;)

    I could do without the videos of course. Millions of people have learned my subject long before the movies were ever made. But I want to include the emotional part of the discovery/debate and the wide panoramic shots and sweeping music do a much better job than boring old me up front.

    If I were told I absolutely could not show the movies I would manage, of course. But I really think it would impact student learning.
     
  15. leighbball

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    We are required to hand them in once a month...non tenured teachers do twice a month. I don't make them very detailed, but I do if I will have a sub. I couldn't imagine not doing them...but then again, I've taught 4 different grade levels plus basic skills in 10 years so I have need the plans to help me keep things straight. :)
     

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