We have gone Title 1, and with that comes all kinds of additional scrutiny from our district. I have no problem with random lesson plan checks -- I always have my lesson plans. Our district refuses to give us a "sample format" instead giving us about 15 different possible formats, and none of them meet all of the requirements. Each year, they add some new requirement. I try to adapt and add it in. Week before last, we had a "random lesson plan check." No problem. However, in our school of over 700 students, not a single teacher's lesson plans "cut the mustard." I should add we do not have even one "new teacher" this year. Most of us are 10+ year teachers, who try incredibly hard to follow whatever rules they give us. Yet none of us met the requirements. So anyway, I was a bit frustrated, but this morning (Sunday) got up at 6am to do what their comments recommended. (It was a check-off sheet.) Now mind you, these are all lessons I've taught before, and that I have lesson plans for -- so there was absolutely no "research time" involved. It took me FOUR AND A HALF HOURS to write them out the with all of the new requirements. My plans for the week are 16 pages long! (single spaced) I teach 2nd grade! We have never been allowed to use a "planner book" and have always had long plans, but usually I could get them done in about 8 pages. For example, we are required to have 3 different reading groups each day, 5 days per week. For each one of these, and each day, they want complete plans, not just Madilyn Hunter style, but with more added to it. Name of Reading Selection: Relevant SOLs (Standards of Learning Numbers & Descriptions): Materials: Purpose for Reading: Genre': Skills to be Taught: Anticipatory Set: (Yep a different one for each day of the week.) What we will do Before Reading: What we will do During Reading: What we will do After Reading: Introductory Activity: Closing Activity: Evaluation and Assessment: Differentiation for All Learners: Okay, so I had to have that for each group, for each day -- so 15 times in one week's plan. And that doesn't even include Shared Reading, Independent Reading, or Read Alouds (all are required components.) And then there are all the other content areas. Now mind you, I'm an experience teacher. My students tend to average between 90-98% on all city-wide assessments (the citywide average tends to be between 65-70%) so there is no issue of my performance being in question. Is it just me, or does this seem excessive? I teach in an inner-city school where we always have teacher shortages. It is hard work. The schools are old, the spaces don't work with modern technology (I only have 3 electrical outlets in my entire classroom), many of the students come from very low income environments -- it is just plain a tough place to work. This year has me totally reconsidering my dedication tothis school district. It seems like they continue each year to dump more and more requirements on us (and threaten us with plans of action if we don't manage to find a way to comply) but they never take anything off the plate. It is just too much. I can't help but wonder if there are other places where the workload is more reasonable. I can't imagine spending the rest of the year spending 4 1/2 hours of my weekend each and every week doing lesson plans. (I also spent 4 hours on Saturday grading because the district just got us the new grading guide, and we have to have grades in for progress reports by Tuesday.) We are a non-union state, so there is no help available. Even when we are all go to the admin and state our views, we are told there is no negiotiation -- this must be done, no exceptions. Am I just being whimpy, or does this seem excessive to others? The really sad thing is this -- after I go to all the trouble to do the plans the way they want them, they are totally useless to me. There is so much written on the page, I can't absorb it. I end up putting them in my lesson plan binder on my desk, and then I don't refer back to them at all. It is information-overload.