lessons planning

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  1. trunks21

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    I am writing a paper, and i have a question on lesson planning.
    I have never been in the setting yet so i was wondering when lesson planning time takes place and how it is recorded
    thanks for the help
     
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    I'll be interested in this answer!
    It seems like I'm always pulling things together for lessons or trying to tie together, theme I guess, the things we're doing.
     
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    I have never had lesson planning time recorded by the school I was working for or for monetary reasons. I have worked at a school where lesson planning time was set aside for the staff so ideas could be shared between teachers. However, it was never mandatory. Some teachers used it as a prep, others never came at all.
     
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    I do most of my lesson planning at home. I have a prep each day, but I have so many other things to do at that time (things that I cant do at home) that I never get around to it.
    I try to do a weeks worth of plans at one time, usually on Wed nights so that on thrudsay and fir I can get my worksheets and papers together for the week.
     
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    I have a 45 min prep everyday except for wednesday. I usually use this time to get things done, but quite a bit of my planning is done at home. The time spent on planning isn't recorded by the school, but the lesson plans for the next week are due in the principal's mailbox by 10:00 on Friday morning so she keeps track of what everyone is doing and if you don't have your planning done she'll get on your case.
     
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    Our lesson plans are due every morning. Mine are typed and I just put them in the lesson plan book. I do my plans during the week. I can usually plan up to 2-3 weeks ahead of time. I go back over them the weekend before and change things around and add things.
    I do my photocopying usually Thursday's or Wednesday's. My grade partners and I don't have a offical time to meet but we will talk about what we are doing and share ideas
     
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    We are allowed one hour a week to do lesson planning. That is not even close to enough time, but we find time in the after noons to try and work on it. Some of us take things home and use the internet.
     
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    As to when plans are written I would say it is almost always totally up to the individual. It could be at home or school. It could be weeks in advance to minutes in advance (not my personal recommendation :rolleyes: ). As to
    I'm not sure what you mean by this, I'm guessing you mean on an hourly timesheet. Many teachers are on salaries and the lesson planning is not recorded because it is assumed you would do it during your planning time, though as we've said it doesn't always work that way. Many teachers prefer to come in early or stay afterschool longer than required just to get the job done. One doesn't get extra pay for that. You would however get extra pay for events or meetings you attend outside of the school day that were not included on a contract. An IEP meeting might be one example. Such things are recorded on a timesheet. In my experience regular hours are not recorded, they are just assumed.
     
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    I get prep periods each day but I have IEP planning to do,progress monitoring, internal paper work for trips and memos from administration that chew up all that time. I was writing very little down for lesson plans but my principal told me I needed more detailed plans. I still find that difficult because I sometimes use what works best when I'm teaching
     
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    I have 30 minutes each day. But I have to leave the room, so it isn't very convenient. I plan at least 2 weeks of math at a time. Then the next week I plan 2 weeks of reading. That way I'm not doing my two main subjects all of the time. Does that make sense at all?

    Brenda
     
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    We have a 50 minute prep time this year (probably won't next year since we are supposed to increase from 981 to over 1150 students with the extra classes to go with it). As the others have stated usually that time is taken up with other things so I don't get to spend it planning like for today we had to fill in the test book bubbles for the ITBS next week. We are lucky because we have the Disk for Houghton Mifflin which plans out your stories and we use Saxon Math which does the same (plans your lessons). I usually don't have time since we are a Reading First School with all the restrictions on time usage that that involves to cover much as far as Science and Social Studies. (I remember with great longing when I was able to teach by thematic unit). As far as turning the plans in we aren't required to do so because our administrators know we have the Reading and Math detailed plans and other than that very little other things to deal with. We just post a daily schedule and have a copy of the weekly printout for reading and math.
     
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    I have 30 minutes of "prep time" each day, but I am usually running around preparing things that I am currently teaching. In addition, we dismiss the students at 1:55 pm, but are "on the clock" until 3 pm. A lot of my lesson planning begins during this time because my teammates and I wonder through each other's rooms discussing what is coming up and which projects we each want to do. Some of us stay fairly late at school and do preparations after most people have left.

    I do my actual lesson planning "research" on the net and typing up of actual plans at home.

    We are required by my principal to meet as a team once per month to discuss various topics, including lesson planning. We have a meeting form that we must sign if in attendance at the meeting. The form asks for the date and time of the meeting as well as details of what was discussed. There is also a section for us to fill in things that we need administration to follow up on for us. This is the only time that lesson planning is "recorded".
     
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    At our school we have 50 minutes planning time everyday with 20 minutes individual planning and 30 minutes team or grade level planning on everyday other than Friday. This is so helpful since I'm new. The teachers in my grade level are very supportive and we constantly share ideas and go over strategies to help each other. We have a grade level planning book we document what we do in and turn it in to the principal on Friday. I rarely have to plan on my own or at home. On Friday's we have that entire time to gather materials for the next week.
     
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    I always used to do my planning on Sunday afternoons but not this year. I promised myself not to bring work home and I don't. Some people may think I'm crazy, but I have too many plans. Because the school wants to please parents who think their little darlings should have tons of specials, we lose precious classroom time for the basics. It makes me furious. I'm all for the arts but this is ridiculous. Anyway, I have two to three free periods a day, including lunch (12 for the week). I also get to school 90 minutes early about 4 days a week and get a lot done then. We don't have to turn in our lesson plans at all. One thing I miss is team planning. There is only one class per grade so we are each pretty much on our own. That is one reason why this forum is so wonderful for me.
     
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    I used to take tons of work home and I don't anymore either. My home time is too precious and life is too short to think about my job every waking minute. I think after all these years, it is just easy for me so I get it all done at work.
     
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    I am now doing 2 weeks of reading ahead and my math work is individual so I have that set up also. Many times I have trouble finding work appropriate for my sped students who are 13-15 but either none readers or 2-3 grade. I am looking for things on National monuments any ideas or web sites?
     
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    Can you give me more details about Saxon math. I have to pull work from about 8 different books to satisfy the IEP's of my students. any help with multi-level math would be great
     
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    My husband thinks I'm nuts because I go in to work at least an hour early. He says you don't get paid enough for that. I work at an APS Does the extra duty ever end?
     
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    thank you for the web sites I had not seen most of them. I use edhelper alot and also enchantedforest.com. How do I send these as a link for you??? thanks again
     
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    Bernburn,

    We use Saxon Math. I really like it. It's basically scripted so all I have to put in my main lesson plan is "see detailed Saxon Math lesson plan #____". My administrators stated that was fine since the actual lesson is so specific. The only thing that I haven't liked about the second grade lessons is it doesn't give much practice when introducing a new skill. However, I had my kids do a CRCT (Georgia performance test) practice today and most did extremely well so it must cover things enough. If you can get them to let you use Saxon I would highly recommend it.
     
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    Are all the students in your class at the same math level? I have at least 3 levels in my room from k-4the grade. I will ask about Saxon at my school. Also do the schools in Ga. have a sequenced ciriculum available to all teachers? I think I saw something like that on the web Bernie
     
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    those of us on the hs level get a full class period (50 minutes)
    The elementary is required 40 by law, but they usually get 50 because their prep time coincides with pull outs (music, art, pe) which we do for 50 minutes. I figure that will change next year because of the change in arts education requirements. (which by the way for those of you who seem to have a chip on your shoulder about, is requried by our state and has been since the 80's... the study of music imparticular has been linked to brain development)
     
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    Back when I was teaching, I always planned big units during the summer. I would take a week or two to put together a couple of fantastic thematic units with tons of lesson plans, then place them in during the year. As for the day to day stuff, I typically did that during my planning period. That was 50 minutes when I taught middleschool, and about 1 1/2 hours when I taught high school. The 1 1/2 hour planning was great, because you could actually get things accomplished, including going to the bathroom and making copies.
     
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    did I understand correctly,You turn in plans daily? do you email them to someone and do they include obj. and details on how the lesson will be taught. I find each day I may not cover what i thought would be done or there is some special game or assembly that comes up and things get pushed back or a ton of kids are sick. Is this a hardship to do???
     
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    I spend alot of time at home looking for info on the net and reading the teachers guide for books my students are using. I sometimes think that I move too quickly because I have watched specialist come in and do a lesson that for me would have been 15 min. I believe the students should not get an oppurtunity to get bored. I teach MS at a special needs school-what about you?
     
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    I like your idea of big units that can cover alot of ground. what grade did you teach and do you miss teaching at all and why or why not/
     
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    I understand that Saxon math is like chicago math. Are they the same are do you see differences?
     
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    thanks so much for all the help
     
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    bernburn,

    If you go to this website and look http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/homepg.htm it will give you an idea of the state requirements for each grade level (look under sequenced lesson plans) Saxon pretty well covers the things that need to be covered by each grade level.
     
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    Sequenced plans

    I was able to access the web site . I was pleased with the lay out of the lessons. thanks a ton for this info because our guidelines are not nearly so specific
     
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    Lesson plans

    I do my lesson plans for the week at home on the weekend. I try to do two weeks at a time. We do have a once a week team meeting, usually to discuss problems or new mandates that we need to complete for Administration. We also have a once a week mandatory Literacy meeting. Usually discuss any problems, DRA's, goals for reading, GLE's, etc. We have 40 minute a day prep time. I usually have to go to the bathroom, run off a quick packet of papers, chat with another teacher etc. I do my long range planning on the computer, make a copy for the office and keep one for me. We do have to turn in plans on Monday morning. We also should, but don't always remember to give a working sheet to the Title 1 teachers, so they can keep track of where those students are in the class room. Having my students do required reading at home, has helped my guided reading groups. They are much more comfortable doing a picture walk, predicting, and pre reading. They have even taught their parents how to approach a new book. Then they read it many times, each time stiving for understanding and fluency. I got off on a tangent, sorry! Jan
     
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    I teach at a special needs school so each class may be doing the same topic ie civics but the approach is usually totally different. My leasson plan probably would not help any one else in the Middle school. So I have to create material for each week and some times this can be very challenging. Any ideas on how I can beef up what I do and find material that are hands on and easily understood? I don't necessarily want Sp. Ed. stuff

    It sounds like there is alot of group support for your curriculuim. Does that come from the district?
     

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