Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Furrymom, Dec 9, 2017.
Dec 9, 2017
When you lesson plan, do you type them or hand write them?
Don’t hand write them! Type everything and keep digital copies. That way, you can reuse things year after year and modify as needed. There is no need to reinvent the wheel every week. I did this for everything my first year and now I just spend one hour a week lesson planning. Everything is stored on my flash drive and in my Google Drive.
Organize folders on your flash drive and/or Google drive as follows: Yearly Overviews, Lesson Plans, Lectures, Homework Sheets, Homework Solutions, Quizzes, Tests, Study Guides, Finals, Projects, Handouts, and Warm-ups/Bell Ringers. You may add any extra folders if you feel that is necessary. This makes it so helpful to find things.
Edit: Subfolders are organized by chapter. For example, in my Test folder I have Chapters 1-10. Then, within each chapter I have “Version A,” “Version B,” and “Version C.”
Dec 10, 2017
Im guessing you don’t work in a public school. I’m pretty sure handwriting wouldn’t even be allowed anymore haha.
I actually still use a plan book. My school wants everything online, so I plan in the online program and then print out and put in my book! Lol
Oh, I do that too! Not in a book though. I fold and place in back pocket when I feel like I might need them.
Dec 11, 2017
When I finally had a computer in my classroom on my desk, I began typing. I prefer typing to handwriting (anything). We still had to turn in a paper copy of our plans, but the advantage of the computer was the ability to update, change my mind, and save lessons. Another advantage, I was able to add personal notes to myself to remember stuff, but not include that in the plans I turned in.
I plan the outline in my planbook, but the more specific lesson plans I keep online. I have these little forms I can edit and save.
What type of plan book do you use?
I do this, as well. We do not have to turn in written plans, but must show them if asked. I keep a record online, but always have a plan written down with an objective and such.
We type them and submit them to admin on Google Drive.
While I have in theory no problem with administration wanting lesson plans... how often does administration actually read all the lesson plans?
A generic plan book.
Depends on the admin and the time of year.
Ours only requests that we submit lesson plans for one week out of each month. I just copy and paste random stuff from the previous year---no one looks at the plans, and I have my handouts, teacher notes, and instructional materials that guide my instruction. The plans I submit are just 2-3 bullet points for each day.
Everyone who is saying how little effort they put in, keep in mind these are legal documents you could have to testify about one day (though I will admit, getting struck by lightning is probably more likely). These are supposed to be kept by the school for a number of years in case of litigation. Like is a student sues claiming they didn’t receive the full education they were entitled to.
I'd rather spend mine time on things that will actually benefit my students.
Like a clearly focused lesson...
That, among other things.
I use a Google Sheets document. It's great because I can make the subject headings anything I want instead of being bound by presets (ex: we have two ELA blocks, one called circling). I also include sections for homework and notes (students' birthdays, meetings, etc). It's super simple to use and there are no space restraints, so I can be as detailed as need be.
Dec 12, 2017
ALL of my lesson plans are formally structured and very comprehensive. The admin are very appreciative of this and can see what I’m going to do step-by-step for every period throughout the school year. I rarely have to write lesson plans because of this and only modify the accommodations for students when needed.
I used to dread writing more detailed plans (I know what I'm teaching!) until I found an editable form. It makes things go much faster and I can make myself think of more specific detail.
Our admin reads and responds to our plans weekly.
Dec 13, 2017
I have teacher friends all over the country who do not have to submit lesson plans. Their admin trusts that they are passionate professionals who know what they're doing.
We turn ours in every week on google drive but no one ever looks at them.
Dec 14, 2017
We use planbook.com so I type everything in then print it out. That way I can copy and paste from day to day without having to rewrite everything. I don't know anyone who handwrites lesson plans anymore.
Dec 15, 2017
I use planbook.com. It costs $12 for the year. We don't have to turn in plans, but I like the way the site is organized and the fact that they're online and not in something like a word document (so I can access them from any device, and they also have an ipad app). Typing is a lot faster and easier, IMO.
We're required to post at least one learning target and success criteria for each lesson, so my plans include those and then just a bulleted list of the activities for that lesson. I'd say it's somewhere in the middle of what most teachers do. I did have a teammate last year who wrote the long, college-style lesson plans all of the time. She felt unprepared otherwise. I can't imagine the time she must have put in!
Dec 16, 2017
My lesson plans are typically 14 pages long for one week. They are turned in and have about ten requirements that I must put in my plans.
WAT? Are you teacher or prisoner?????
If you print out off of some of the portals it makes them longer than they’d be in a doc.
Here’s what’s important to me. Objective tied to standard. How you are going to assess it. Modifications if needed. Perhaps a few higher level discussion questions. That’s like 6 sentences.
Oh wow, I never thought about that. I wonder if my P would mind if I taped my lessons to the board. Seeing as how I teach high schoolers, I don't see that working though.
I'm of the internet generation so it nearly goes without saying that I would plan digitally. I started off buying one of those lesson plan books to begin with though. Didn't work out too well because it was too rigid for me.
I used a Google Form as a lesson plan template, but even that got too rigid, and switched to just using Google Calendar events where I would write the lessons in the description.
I printed templates of my daily schedule and then I wrote my lesson plans in by hand. I always wrote my plans in pencil so I could erase and make changes as needed.
My actual lesson plan notes were minimal (I was a grade 1 teacher, teaching every subject) but I usually included the skill, some brief notes about the activities (activate, acquire & apply) and then if I had any particular discussion questions, prompts, etc. I made note of those. I'd spend all that time writing out the plan and then usually not have a moment to look at it until the end of the day when I finally sat down at my desk. But, I think the act of writing the plans out helped me get my ducks in a row and know the day was thought out well.
Dec 31, 2017
Thanks for all of your responses. I have been typing my lessons for over ten years and I have never reused a lesson plan. I usually delete them at the end of each school year. I am toying with the idea of writing them out because I find that I recall better when I hand write things then type them. It's always interesting to see how other teachers work!
My other question, how long does it take you to write your plans for the week? I have to plan for reading, writing, math, social studies, guided reading, and word work...so that amounts to about 25 lessons per week. I feel like it takes me forever to plan and gather materials (I am typing lesson plans as of now, haven't started hand writing them yet). I am getting burned out spending 8 to 10 hours planning each week.
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