Lesson Plan length

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  1. graysea_10

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    Our school has implemented a 10 page lesson plan template format. I was just curious what types of templates your schools require? Everyone is FREAKING out at the amount of work that is going to be involved in the weekly plans, which are due the week before.
     
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    Wow! Sounds like a crazy amount of busy work!!!
     
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    We don't have a lesson plan format at my school. We can write them anyway that we like and we just keep them all year. If administration is worried they will come ask to see your plans.
     
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    Me too.

    OP:Your district should not be expecting too many awesome, creative lessons. Having to write ten pages for plans will result in less time for creating multi tiered, differentiated lessons.:(
     
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    Our plan is one page per day - with a minute-by-minute account of what's going on in the room. I have three preps and one short period and block schedule... so I'll be writing somewhere around 14 a week, also due a week ahead of time. I feel your pain.
     
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    Ours is a one-page too. As an elementary teacher, I have to write a one-page plan for all 5 subjects per day - that's 25! Also due the week before. Yesterday, I spent 3 hours on this and only got 3 plans done. I hope it gets easier....

    Somehow, lesson plans are tied to our new appraisal process. They are rolling out this new evaluation and not telling us much about it. This year is going to be really different....
     
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    YES. The new lesson plans are directly tied into the new evaluation system. We're doing the Marzano framework - the biggest single factor we'll be evaluated on is strategies in the classroom, but our plans need to reflect planning for those strategies.
     
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    Ours is however we want to do it - so long as it is also explainable for subs that come in.
    We are required to keep copies on our desks and have the following week's lessons done by Friday (just in case....). Aside from that, they do not stipulate.
     
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    We're dying in my district with this right now. We've always been able to keep plans for ourselves and not turn them in (as others have mentioned). THIS year, we have a new online format required by the district that is the equivalent of about 3 pages printed PER DAY.

    It took me 2 HOURS to complete the form for next week, and that was after I had already done some "prewriting" for me in a way that made sense. :(
     
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    Same here. If we have a sub, we all leave more detailed plans.
     
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    We can use whatever format we want, but mine tends to be very long as well. My weekly plan for last week was 11 pages. I do a combo lesson plan/schedule because that is what works for me.
     
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    At my old district, the format was 21 pages weekly. I changed districts this year, and my lessons plans for the week were 2 pages TOTAL. :) I'm teaching the same grade level, and for literacy, I'm doing basically the same thing (setting up reading and writing workshop type stuff), so obviously it's not the length of the lesson plan that makes for quality teaching (which is something we all know).
     
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    We have a format that is really nice and basic. I can fill in my lesson plans for the week in about 3-4 pages, but I think that is a bit more than the norm! I like to fill in (what I consider to be) adequate detail, though, so it helps me and so that it properly explains what I'm teaching each day.
     
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    Oh my! I hope our district stays the way they have since I began. We can do our lesson plans anyway we want as long as we turn them in every week to the office. This year they did add that we have to add standards to our plans, but with the website I am using, that is no big deal.

    I have heard through the grapevine that the admin wants to get a committee together to look at lesson plans. I really hope they don't get out of hand with what they are expecting us to do. I barely have time to finish what I need to finish each day let alone worrying about 25 pages of lesson plans.
     
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    Oh, and I also have just one prep, so that helps with cutting down on page length, too.
     
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    We were sent a lesson plan format. We don't have to use it, but we have to have everything that was on the template in our plans.

    Mind are 6-7 pages long. I do a page a day, with a page for standards & a page where I list who is in what group.
     
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    With our current format that is about 3 pages per day, per prep, I'm creating 45 pages of lesson plans a week. Fortunately, we don't have to actually print them.
     
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    I can't begin to imagine having to do this. I'd have to give up sleeping.
     
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    For those of you writing multi-page plans per day, does this also include routine things? The things that you do every day? I do calendar every day, but I don't put it in my plans.

    I also have a template for each day.
     
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    KPA, yes, mine has to include routine things I do every day. For my HS English class that's a "daily writing tip" (the warm up), and a "one minute read".
     
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    Mine are typically 1-2 pages per day per class. I have 3 classes a day and rotate on an odd/even block schedule so 6 preps total. We don't have any requirements on how we write our lesson plans. I do not get very detailed on mine.
     
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    That is positively, absolutely ridiculous. Makes me sad some schools/principals abuse their power.

    My P requires nothing more than a few bullets in our plan book, but my old P was much more strict. She made us type our plans, she said if our plans could fit in a bo_ (sorry, the key after "w" is busted, lol) than our plans were not good enough.

    I can't think of a single reason a 10-pg lesson plan is a good idea. :(
     
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    1st of all, lol at ^ the key after the w is broken! :lol:

    At our school, we are allowed to use any format for plans that we choose. The plans have to be detailed enough that if we require an emergency substitute, the sub can get through the day with minimal stress. (We also have those sub folder things with all the details of how to run our room, and supplemental worksheets and such, in case of a short notice substitution)
    I enjoy the way I create my lesson plans, and the system I use really works for me. I would hate to have to write a bajillion pages of plans for lessons that fit nicely onto two or three pages. I am sorry that some of you are required to endure this. :(
     
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    Wow, that is just crazy. We have no guidelines and we have it in our contract that the school can not mandate the form the lesson plans are written in. It sounds like the pages are more important the planning and preparing the tools and stuff necessary to implement the lessons.
     
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    No format here. It is a district requirement to hand in daily plans, but I know some teachers who never do. I just type mine up and hand them in. They are not very detailed at all.
     
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    Wow - I cannot imagine having to come up with plans that detailed.
    We just submit our plans online. I wonder if they've ever even been looked at...
     
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    Yup... the one this year is broken down into minutes, including transitions. I have to include in my plans when I have them go to the bookshelf to get a copy of the textbook :dizzy:
     
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    The plans at my first school were 10-pages per subject per week (also first grade) - they were extensively detailed Madeline Hunter-type plans. My current school isn't as strict - or I should say hasn't been - we have a new P, and she has hinted at wanting a Madeline Hunter-style plan! eeek!
     

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