Do you have to submit lesson plans?

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Do you have to submit lesson plans?

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  2. No

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  1. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    Just curious :)

    Out of the 5 schools that I've been at, this is only the second one that required that I submit lesson plans. The first that required it knit-picked them to death and they had to be incredibly detailed. I'm told that my new school just wants an objective and the topic for the most part. Better than the other, but still a pain in my opinion.

    I guess my 7 years of being on my own spoiled me!
     
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  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    Yes... Ish... When we miss weeks, no one says anything.
     
  4. gr3teacher

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    My first principal required lesson plans. My second principal didn't even realize that the school existed. My current principal always says that review of lesson planbook will be a part of the eval process, but to date, it never has been.
     
  5. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    Oh yeah- My handbook states that detailed lesson plans must be left visible on my desk for the next day. I wonder if that is checked out. I will have a real hard time with that.

    I always have an emergency sub plan written with review activities. Luckily, I've never had to use it. No matter how sick I've been, I've always gotten plans together.
     
  6. MrsC

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    We are expected to have 3 days of plans on our desks, but do not have to submit them, and no one asks to see them.
     
  7. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    My 6-year P said that. I think she checked it once in 6 years!
     
  8. vickilyn

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    What is said and what is done - two different things. I am trying very hard to submit just because it keeps me organized, not because of repercussions.
     
  9. ready2learn

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    Yes. We are getting a new lesson plan format I guess but I have yet to see the new format. Partially because of this, I have yet to submit plans this year and no one has said anything.
     
  10. kpa1b2

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    I voted no, because as the Reading Specialist, I don't submit plans. Our classroom teachers do though.
     
  11. HistoryVA

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    I have to submit online and have a copy available in the classroom. It's a BFD if they come to observe (which they do at least once a month) and you don't have one.
     
  12. giraffe326

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    My plans are done. Always. Usually two-three weeks out. But I never look at my plan book. I have an uncanny ability to remember them. It is not unusual for me to have no idea where they are in the middle of the day. :lol: My old P learned quickly that if she asked, I could rattle them off on cue. Hopefully my new P will learn this and be OK if she pops in to see them. Although we have to submit them, so I doubt she'd do that. You never know, though.
     
  13. Go Blue!

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    This year we have to upload them to our Google Drive folder by Sunday night.
     
  14. swansong1

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    My new school says they have to be submitted 2 weeks in advance, but, apparently they are not too detailed. I haven't seen the template but the P says it is mostly just page number and objective.

    This school uses aBeka as it's main curriculum but teachers are allowed to supplement with other materials and are encouraged to use hands-on activities.
     
  15. waterfall

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    I've worked in 3 different schools. At the first, lesson plans had to be submitted for announced observations only. At the second, you were required to submit a week's worth for announced and unannounced observations as well as unannounced walkthroughs, so although we didn't turn them in weekly, basically you had to have pretty detailed ones prepared all the time just in case you got a walkthrough. The biggest pain was we had to include all CC standards that the lessons were covering for each subject, AND we had to link back each lesson activity to a standard. We were in big trouble if we were "caught" doing something that wasn't directly related to a standard- even if it was just a small transition activity or something. The P also made certain teachers turn them in weekly if they were "on her radar" and she would nitpick them to death. At my current school, we aren't even required to turn them in for observations.
     
  16. Caesar753

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    We upload our lesson plans to a web-based program that the district created. Our plans had better be in that program when anyone comes into our room to observe, or else we can get into some serious trouble.
     
  17. teacherintexas

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    Mine must be in a certain format and even in a certain font to be approved. They are about 20-30 pages each week.
     
  18. giraffe326

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    :eek:

    When I taught 2nd, I rarely taught whole group, so my lesson plans were about 6-8 pages for the week. In the upper grades, they tend to be shorter. I'm teaching math and social studies and I have to follow the county program for SS, and the EnVision series for math. So there isn't a whole lot to write since I don't have a lot of freedom. I'm using an Erin Condren planner and so far I have no problem listing my lessons in the tiny boxes.
     
  19. smalltowngal

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    I've only had to turn in lesson plans for one school that I've worked at. The last school that I worked at we had to turn them in at the very end of the year. I don't think they were ever looked at. Now in my present job I don't have to do lesson plans.
     
  20. TamiJ

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    We do, though I don´t know that anyone ever really checks. I say this because we submit on Google docs so I have seen the folders of some of my coteachers...and last year they didn´t always submit...some of them only submitted a few times during the year, so I don´t think anyone ever questioned them.
     
  21. Pi-R-Squared

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    Ours are to be submitted by the morning of classes. The plans are very vanilla. Objective, lesson, guided/independent practice, closure, HW. Sometimes, if the lesson stretches over multiple days, I copy the previous day's and change the title.
     
  22. Linguist92021

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    No lesson plans what so ever, only when I'm being observed. Even then, my P only wants the objective, and basically what the students are supposed to be doing and learning. That's it :)
     
  23. Jerseygirlteach

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    Yes, every week and they better be on time. :) I honestly don't mind; I feel like it keeps me organized. My previous district was very intense with plans. The whole format was very long and labor intensive to create. The principal would go over them with a fine tooth comb and write little complaints if the objective was too vague or if he felt the closure wasn't relevant enough or something. I would spend the entire weekend, every weekend on them.
     
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    Ours are supposed to be out on our desk, but they are rarely checked. One time they came, and I said I left my binder with them at home. I took them by the next morning so they could check them out. It was no big deal.
     
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    We are told that plans have to be kept on file for 7 years and are auditable documents. Years ago we would turn in a CD at the end of the year with all our files-but they wouldn't check them and I guess people were just turning in blank cd's. :eek: So now they have to be turned in every Friday for the upcoming week and they keep them for their files.
     
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    Nope. However, you need them for observations, board supervisors, and all that.
     
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    I've only had to turn in plans at one school, when I taught English abroad. I still do my own lesson plans, not incredibly detailed because they are for my use only. In the private school where I work, and the last 2 private schools I've worked in we have used an online curriculum program that details our units throughout the year in case an admin wants to see (parents cannot access it, but they could at my last school), but it is not strictly enforced that it be completely accurate.
     
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    Ours have to be turned in by Monday morning every week through the district purchased program, Eduphoria. The entire district uses the same format, and it's pretty detailed. My principal checks them, but she doesn't pour over them. If we're late we will get an email reminder, but that's it. If you're late and you send her an email saying, "oops, I'll have them in by X time" then she doesn't get upset.
     
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    I have to submit my objectives for the next week by 4pm every Friday and have to have lesson plans for at least math, reading, and writing placed in a binder on my desk every day for easy access to any administrator or board member who enters the classroom.
     
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    They are checked twice a year and we get detailed feedback. This year we are uploading them to a shared drive, so I guess they could check at any time, but we have two dates scheduled for the year.
     
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    We have to hand in lesson plans but it is not on a regular basis. It is more like a "Gotcha" thing at my school. If a teacher does not have the plans when they are spontaneously asked for, the teacher gets a letter in their file which stays there for three years. My school is all about "Gotcha". This includes conference notes and assessment binders.
     
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    We have to submit them at my new school, but we submit as a grade level. They're really simple- learning targets are listed and we just list our main activities for each subject. This is the first time I've ever had to submit them.
     
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    This is technically what we are supposed to do as well, but no one has ever checked and we are still required to submit detailed sub plans when we are sick.
     
  34. MrsC

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    Same here.
     
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    I also wanted to add that we are supposed to have an entire week of detailed emergency plans along with any materials/copies needed for the plans in a file in the main office. Fortunately, I never used mine from last year and "rescued" my plans/worksheets from the office before they were tossed. So, I'm good for this year. :)
     
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    We have to submit very general ones on oncourse. It kicks out a list on Tuesday morning of who didn't do them. We then get a reminder. No one reads them though. In theory you could leave them blank and just click the submit button.
     
  37. Rabbitt

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    10 school days must be on desk Monday at 7:30.
    5 days of what will be covered and a very rough 5 days of what you plan to cover.
     
  38. TeacherNY

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    I didn't check yes or no because sometimes we have to submit them but it just depends on when they ask. As a general rule we're supposed to have 2 weeks of plans. If they want to see the 2 weeks worth we will be told ahead of time. If someone comes into our rooms for an observation then the day's plan should be on the desk or somewhere easily accessable.
     
  39. queenie

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    We have to turn in plans for the week by Monday at 7:30 am every week or the P sends someone around to ask where they are.
     
  40. DrivingPigeon

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    We used to only have to submit them for our first 3 years. Now we all have to submit them in Google, just in case of an emergency.
     
  41. amakaye

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    We have to have the week's available on Monday, but in 7 years no one has ever asked to see mine (and that included when I was a first year teacher--maybe that's a slight hint as to why that P wasn't back the next year!).
     

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