When I first began teaching (which was not that long ago) all that was required was we write objectives for each subject in a planner of some sort. I would also include notes to keep myself on track under each objective. Now everything must be in an excruciatingly long, extremely detailed lesson plan template that our school has created. Using the template, my weekly plans are between 20 - 30 pages long. If you include my small group plans, then 35 - 40 pages. (Funny thing is every staff meeting we are told that the school is going green and we need to reduce our paper consumption) Because we are supposed to have our lesson plan books open on our desks at all times, I either have to make double copies if I want the plans with me while I am at the board/in a small group, or I write myself an outline based off my detailed plans. Most times I do the latter, so I feel like I am writing two sets of plans. One for "show" and one that I am actually using. I am wondering if this is something unique to my county/state or is this beginning to happen everywhere.