How many pages are your lesson plans?

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  1. SleekTeach

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    I'm asking because this year my P is asking for really detailed lesson plans. It looks like mine is going to come out to three pages for just 1 DAY. meaning in total one week of lesson plans for me will be 15 pages...Is this normal???
     
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  3. gr3teacher

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    My lesson plans typically end up being about 5 pages per week, but that includes a decent amount of "white space."
     
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    3 pages? Yowzas. Mine are usually 1 page per lesson with like half of the page blank.
     
  5. WindyCityGal606

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    Mine are 1.5 per subject for the week on average so with my 4 subjects, I expect to be at 6 pages for the week but that's only because we're asked to use a weekly template.
     
  6. MissScrimmage

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    1 page per day
     
  7. HistoryVA

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    When I use our school template, 1 page per day. When I follow the "new district mandated super awesome because we said so!" template, 3 pages per day.
     
  8. teacherintexas

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    Mine are fifteen pages per subject. I feel your pain.
     
  9. geoteacher

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    Wow! My entire week's worth of lessons fits on about 3/4 page.
     
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    Mine are about 8 pages for a week.
     
  11. MsMar

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    Two pages for the week following the district template. If I had to show the amount of detail you have to show that's making it be 3 pages per day I really think I'd cry. I haven't made plans that detailed since my student teaching.
     
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    It used to be 1 template per week fit all subjects i teach on it in8 pages. Now I have a new template for each subject that is 8 pages. So 8 x 4= 32 pages. Oh Joy! :dizzy:
     
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    Currently 2 pages for the week. However, in my old district it was 40 pages a week. Typed. Size 10 font. I don't miss those plans!
     
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    Bloody hell. Wow.
     
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    I usually have about two pages per day, but I mostly use bulleted lists, so that's not the same as two full typed pages like an essay or something. I am not required to turn them in, even for observations.
     
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    2 pages for a entire week.
     
  17. readingrules12

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    Mine is a template that our P wants us to use. 6 pages/week is the template. I think what you are doing is too much. Hopefully a teacher in your building can show you some ways to keep it shorter.
     
  18. 2ndTimeAround

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    I wouldn't cry. But I also wouldn't grade reports, send home updates to parents, sponsor clubs and mentor new teachers. I sure as heck wouldn't arrive early or stay late.
     
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    I would dare an administrator to prove that writing extensive lesson plans would make me a better educator. That students would learn more in my classroom because my lesson plans took up 40 pages of paper. What a ridiculous notion.
     
  20. giraffe326

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    In 5th, I usually used a regular old-school plan book (and an Erin Condren one in later years). I easily fit things in a box. My P never checked our plans. I never referred to my plans once they were written. I could easily remember them and spew them out on command. My P also had this ability, so she never checked up on me.

    In 2nd, since it was new and very center based, I wrote weekly plans. Reading was usually 4-5 pages and incorporated writing, social studies, and science. Math was usually 2 pages. So 6-7 pages per week. Same P as before.

    In 3rd, back to the boxes. I was just an LTS so I used her method. P never checked on me either.

    In K, I never even wrote them down. I followed the unit. Since I started midyear, discipline and management was a huge issue. We were able to finally get some centers in after about 2 months. But only with extra help in the room. Since extra help was only available once a week, it didn't take much time to plan centers!! P also never checked on me.

    I've never worked with a P that checked my plans. Strike that. My few weeks in a charter had a P that dissected them. I hated it. Hopefully my new P isn't one to closely inspect them. I always jot down a few things so I can reflect back, but I find it to be a waste of time to write them out in detail when I don't actually look at them.
     
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    Each for a week fits on one page or so. Sometimes Friday ends up on the back if I'm covering multiple standards one day.
     
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    I've made my own template--one page/day. Several teachers that I work with use a double-page spread for the week, but I find that doesn't give me quite enough room.
     
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    Anywhere from 2-6. Our plans have to be very detailed and include explanations of each activity.
     
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    I left a school where my plans for each day fit in a 2 inch square. Now each subject gets 2, maybe 3 pages a week (district template). I was very frustrated at first, and one of those teachers who pompously denounced the need for detailed plans. They were required, though, so I did them. I can now honestly say that making more purposeful, detailed plans have made me a better teacher.
     
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    my plans are loosely written on a yellow piece of regular size piece of notebook paper. Usually about 1/2 page to 1 page per subject per day.This could probaly be condensed to fit on an index card if needed.

    On my evaluations I use the formal template as furnished by the district. It is 2 typewritten pages per class. I have 5 preps. If this was to become a requirement I would give a 2 week notice and leave.

    I believe you have to have a plan or agenda to be effective and do them religiously. Just don't want the tail wagging the dog so to speak.
     
  26. EmptyClassroom

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    This may sound confusing and maybe others have this issue as well. We technically have three lesson plans due for each class. One is per unit, the other two per day. The two district forms run 3-5 pages each while the school form is one page. It's not bad if you teach one subject all day (I'm high school level) but I generally have many more. On top of that, the formats or templates change at least once a year if not every semester, so we can't re-use plans even if we keep the same general lessons. (Yes, we do consider this a power-play by administration at both school and district level.)
     
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    With our template, our lesson plans for one week are 3 pages total. I think this is reasonable but if I were using templates of my own, I would probably end up making my plans more detailed. I don't like deleting stuff but I think I prefer that than making some of the huge lesson plans other teachers have to do!
     
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    My plans are 2 pages per day. It's more of an outlined schedule with bullet points that list the lesson details.
     
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    I make a separate plan for each of my 5 kids. They range from K-5 so it's just easier that way. All of their work is in small groups or one-on-one. I don't put a lot of detail into them, my principal only really cares about seeing the objective, so I just make a grid for quick reference during lessons to remind me of what I had planned.
     

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