Do you need to turn in plans?

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Do you need to turn in plans?

  1. No, I don't turn mine in.

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  2. Yes, I turn mine in in whatever format (email, copy, planbook, typed, etc) I choose

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  3. Yes, I turn mine in in a format (specific style template) I must use

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    Another thread got me wondering. At my school teachers who are in their 1st year must turn in plans the Friday before the upcoming week. Everyone else just needs to have their plans on their desk, but my P didn't look at mine once last year.
     
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    First year teachers need to hand them in, I think to department chairs.

    No one else does, to the best of my knowledge. No one has ever looked at my lesson plans.
     
  4. MrsC

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    The only time I need to have in plans is as a part of our formal evaluation process, so once every 3-5 years. We are expected to have plans on our desks for at least 3 days in advance and to have detailed plans if we have a sub.
     
  5. amakaye

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    We are expected to have ours available at the beginning of the week. No one has ever asked to look at mine (even during my first year! :eek:).
     
  6. Elocin

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    Ours are due Saturday morning-everyone has to turn them in-but there is no specific template. The admins just want them emailed.
     
  7. GAteacher87

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    Yep. I answered the other thread too (at least, the one I think you are referring to). We have a template and it is due on Friday before we leave for the weekend. This is not just for new teachers, but for everyone!
     
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    At my school we have not had to turn them in for years; but we now have a new principal so I am sure we will have to turn them in for a while at least.
     
  9. KateL

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    At my new school, we have to turn them in every week. The format is pretty simple, though - daily objectives, what the students will do, technology used. The whole week can fit on 1-2 pages. This is the first year they've had to do this, and a lot of teachers aren't happy about it. We're also supposed to have the same lesson plans for everyone teaching the same subject, and I don't know how realistic that is.
     
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    I just learned that we are going to start submitting plans this year. Specific format. I was so looking forward to actually coasting along on last year's stuff. I don't think it is going to be a huge deal to switch it all over to the new format - just 30 minutes or so a week, I think.
     
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    We all have to turn ours in. It's different depending on if you're K-6 or 7-12 but we all have to turn them in. We can paste them into progressbook, which is what I do. I also print myself a copy to have in class.
     
  12. Brendan

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    Ours are due to department chairs each week on Monday.
     
  13. MissAnt

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    My school does not require that we turn in plans.
     
  14. each1teach1

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    We used to not have to but because we're transitioning from block schedule to traditional we have to turn in plans to ensure that no one is trying to simply cram 90 minute plans in to 50 minutes or wing it for 50 minutes. I hope they drop it at the end of the year though because to me it's an insult to my work ethic and honesty. Yet, I know that without it some people would do just that...
     
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    We just copy all of ours into a folder on the shared network drive. Our curriculum director is supposed to be able to access them anytime, but I don't really think he does. And we can submit them in any lesson plan format we want (objectives-based, activity-based etc).
     
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    We only have to turn in our learning targets and assessments. We do whatever we want with lesson plans. We just have to have something, but they don't care what format we use.
     
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    We've never had to turn them in until this year -- and now it's in a very specific format. It's very frustrating. :(
     
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    And a bajillion miles long... ugh. Took two hours do do one plan for one class for one day in the new format.
     
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    They have to be put on a commercial website by noon every Monday.
     
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    Up until last year, we never had to turn them in. Last year, we started turning them in on the first day of the week, no specific format. This year, new specific format 4/5 pages long turned in each week.
     
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    At my current school, we only turn them in the first week of the month... there's a box of hanging files for each of us in the office, and they're due into our folder by Friday for the following week (so we're only turning in one weeks' worth of plans for the month). As far as i know, the P only bothers to check if it's evaluation time. (I can tell because she keeps telling me that she missed my cooking project... to which I'd LOVE to respond "well, it was on my plans," but instead, usually respond "we brought some down for you, but you weren't in your office.") They give us a plan book, but I prefer to type mine, since it keeps me from having to keep rewriting the standards that all my routine things cover. We're supposed to have them on our desk 3 days out. I usually finish them by Friday for the following week and just tape them in my plan book.
     
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    I have never been asked to show mine at my school. the only time I ever had to was while getting my credential.
     
  23. callmebob

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    Every year our lesson plan requirements change, the format changes. The expectations in regards to them change. Though we have the same admin. We don't have to do them individually and this year, so far, they don't have to be too detailed, about 2 pages total for the week.
     
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    There almost needs to be another choice - I haven't had to turn mine in since I was in my first 3 years, but at my old job, we didn't have to have any written plans at all. At this job, we don't turn them in, but they have to be in LFS format and on our desk so that any admin can walk in and pick them up during an observation.
     
  25. jenglish97

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    We have to email them to our principal by Monday morning. I also have to email them to my Director of Special Services.
     
  26. pwhatley

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    For the past 3 years, I have been required (along with all of my coworkers) to turn them in (in addition to having a copy readily available in the classroom). We have a new P this year, so I'm unsure, but we'll probably have to turn them in still... hopefully by email - I go through too much paper as it is!!!
     
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    Everyone turns in their plans on the same schedule according to grade level...About once every three weeks.
     
  28. lilmisses1014

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    We're not required to turn ours in, but we are expected to have them in a red binder (they provide the binder) on our desk or another spot where the binder is easy to find. Our P and AP will do random sweeps to make sure they're done. (Now, if you're caught without your plans then you'll be required to submit them by 9:00 AM Monday morning.)
     
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    We have never had to turn in our lesson plans, but we are supposed to always have our plan books up to date, though. There's an area on the walk-through form where the evaluator has to check off something to that effect. I can only think of one time when someone looked at my book, though! We do have to turn them in at the end of the year, but I think they just keep them on file over the summer in case there is a question about something. We get them back when school starts.
     
  30. waterfall

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    My P said she is a "big picture person" and if we turned them into her, she honestly wouldn't read them. IMO, I'm glad she's honest about it instead of just making us do it for no reason. Our district has a "performance rubric" and lesson plans are on there. If you want the highest score for lesson plans, you have to follow this huge template...almost similar to what I did in school which is at least 2 pages per lesson. Some teachers do it. Others don't write anything at all other than a schedule for the day with a few words about what they're doing in each subject. I think it should really be whatever you need- not what some district rep. thinks is appropriate. IMO, there are a lot more important things to do then write 10 pages of lesson plans for the day. I have a basic outline of my schedule that lists which kids I'm pulling, the timeframe, a goal for the lesson, and 1-3 bullet points about what activities we're doing and an assessment. Even though I left out tons of stuff from the "official rubric" my P gave me a 4 (out of a scale of 5- exceeds expectations) on lesson plans for my formal evaluation.
     
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    Oh god . . . yes

    Ours are turned into our dept. chair once a month. We must be two weeks ahead at all time. Ours are also a specific format, and must be done as a daily plan, and since we're on block schedule, I have one class that I see everyday. Even though that class is doing the same thing as the others, I have to have a separate lesson plan for them. I always get strange looks when I have a week of plans for theatre that say "rehearsal". It's a lot of wasted paper.
     
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    Every public school I've been at, except charter school, has asked for lesson plans to be turned in on a weekly basis either by Friday or Monday morning. APs actually take time from their schedule to make sure everybody has turned them in.

    Personally, I like turning them in. I forces me to be more detailed about my daily lessons. When I was at the charter school and we were not asked to turn them in, I would, once in a while, just go to the next page of the textbook without thinking ahead of time about that week's or month's goal. By doing weekly lesson plans every week I can also look ahead of time for the materials and activities I want to incorporate and not just panic the day before.

    I know for a fact that these are are read because this summer a few of us were asked to participate in a lesson plan design template to be used for this coming year. We were chosen based on the lesson plans we turned last year.

    Based on the lesson design meeting from last week, I learned that the administration's goal with this is to make sure teachers implement certain teaching strategies.
     
  33. Emily Bronte

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    Nope...not required even when I was a first year teacher unless it was for an observation. That goes for now as well, only for an observation.
     
  34. BioAngel

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    We don't have to turn in lesson plans-- but we're expected to have our curriculum maps up-to-date and our principal has access to those. I still write mine down-- not super detailed, but I know what we generally did in class.
     
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    Not weekly, but we do turn them in at the end of the year.
     
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    At my last school plans had to be submitted on Progressbook and in paper by Monday morning for that week.

    This year, plans are not submitted but like others have mentioned, I believe we need to have some sort of rough copy available on our desks.

    I try to make sure I keep fairly updated emergency sub plans but when I know I'm going to need a sub, I'm very detailed.
     

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