Lesson Plans

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  1. lsho

    lsho Rookie

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    Sep 19, 2009

    Hi! Ok, my school doesn't require me to write lesson plans. They expect it but we never really have to show anyone. I still write them (and am backdating a few now) because it just helps me plan my time better. But I've run across a question and don't want to ask my principal or a fellow teacher and be labeled the dumb new teacher.

    Do you write a lesson plan for test days? If so, what is the best way to do so?

    Test days are so straight foward. I prep them the first 5 minutes, clear up any points I feel need to be made, tell them what I expect, then the test is handed out. I don't know how to write a lesson plan that says "45 minutes: test handed out, I walk around and make sure they aren't cheating".

    Any ideas/suggestions? Thank you all so much! I can't tell you how much this forum has helped me so far. You all ROCK! :thumb:
     
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  3. Ron6103

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    Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "Lesson Plans". Are you writing out detailed descriptions of what you're doing, along with objectives, materials, etc..(a formal lesson plan basically)?

    Because I write lesson plans, but they're very brief. They just include my topic for the day, any class activities, and any due dates. So my lesson for a test would look like:

    Topic: Unit 2 Test
    Activities, Review, Unit 2 Test
    Classwork: Unit 2 Test
    Due Next: None

    And that would be all.....
     
  4. Padfoot103

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    I usually write in the lesson plan book simply the Aim and Evaluation of the lesson. For tests, I usually just put "Math Test Topic 1" in the box and that's it. Like you said, there's really no planning in giving out an exam, but I include it in the plan book so that I know when the test was given.
     
  5. ShadesofGray

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    :yeahthat:

    I'm not an experienced teacher and did not do lesson plans last year (meaning formal written ones, I did keep a detailed plan book which was checked weekly). But honestly, I don't think it's necessary to write out a lesson plan for a test administration, because you're not actually teaching. I think it's appropriate to note it in your plan book for the alloted time, leaving time for breaks, but I don't think a formal lesson plan is needed. :2cents:
     
  6. teacherforlife

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    How can anyone be prepared for the day if you do not write lesson plans? Even if I am giving a test I will still write it down in my planning. My planning includes everything, times for everything even restroom breaks for my kiddos.
     
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    I can't speak for everyone, but I do all of my planning in my plan book. I don't type out formal lesson plans with objective, state standards, motivation, etc for every lesson that I teach. I have my plan book with detailed information for everything, including bathroom breaks. But I don't think it's necessary to write out formal lesson plans for everything you teach. I was even told in undergraduate studies that you won't write out those lesson plans again unless you are being observed. :2cents:
     
  8. Catcherman22

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    Oct 12, 2009

    I write the objective of the assessment and thats it...

    It is usually a copy of the weeks objectives or something close.
     

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