I don't know why I'm letting this happen, but I'm making myself do ultra complex lesson plans. Part of it is that planning is so iterative, and I'm trying to implement all of this stuff that I've been learning from all of these PDs, including Common Core literacy standards, best practices from the Art and Science of Teaching by Marzano, and Next Generation Science Standards. So currently my planning is like this: I create two focus questions for my unit that I want students to be able to answer well by the end of the unit. They are complex questions that require a breadth of knowledge from that unit's subject area. I create a concept map of each focus question detailing all of the things students need to know to be able to answer that focus question. These become my learning goals. I then sequence them, and write a bunch of ideas for how to teach each learning goal accompanied by any materials I would need for teaching them. I then take each learning goal and teaching ideas and put them into a Broad Lesson planner that includes what I will review from prior units that link to the current concept. How I will preview the concept and get them interested in it to begin with. What kinds of direct instruction I will provide, how I will check for understanding from the direct instruction, what activities they will do to process and practice that information, how I will assess their understanding of the concept, and how I will review later on. Then I take that broad lesson plan and I break it out into my calendar over however many days it will take. I then take that general information and do a daily lesson plan for each day, which includes a teacher-led activity, a collaborative investigation, independent practice, and a closure for each day. Standards are attached at each level of planning. I feel like I'm probably going to drive myself crazy with this, but I'm hoping that this will improve my practice, and that I'll only have to do it for this year. But I said that about last year and the year prior, and new things keep coming out that I need to add into my planning ordeals. Though it feels like a lot of work, I feel like each of these elements are needed in order to ensure that I'm hitting each best-practice. Did you guys have plans as complex as this or more so perhaps during your first few years? Does it get better over time? How do you reduce the complexity of planning?