If it weren't required, would you write out lesson plans?
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Richard Bernato's picture

Unless you are very skilled and very experienced a lesson plan is necessary. Proper plans, incorporating the exemplars of instruction are more likely to meet the needs of all children in one's classroom. Tedious and difficult to do for 180 days a year but necessary for professionalism. I wouldn't want a doctor treating me without a plan and I wouldn't want my child taught without one, anyone's child. Haphazard by the seat of your pants is sloppy, lazy, unprofessional.

Art's picture

Pacing guides are all a competent and experienced teacher needs. Writing out every little detail for lesson plans are only necessary if you don't know what or how you are going to instruct. They are fine for subs. We are required to...I write them, but don't ever need to look at them. I know what I am going to do, how I will differentiate and how to instruct when challenges or changes arise.

Monica Webb's picture

I always write out lesson plans with the goal at the top. My assessment needs to match my goal. I leave room to write whether the students met the goal or not and how the lesson can be followed up to help students who's needs were not met.

Clary Johnson's picture

In my school they are not require but I always do. I have to so I can stay on top of my objectives

Kit's picture

Absolutely. I need to write the lesson plan so that I have clear learning goals in my mind, and the steps I'm going to take to help the students get there. Do I follow them as a script - nope. But I do refer to them just before the lesson, and check them part way through. Then after the lesson I make notes about what worked, what didn't, and how I'd revise it for next time. Winging it is unprofessional and unacceptable.

Erica's picture

I would write plans, but they wouldn't be as detailed as my administration requires, so it wouldn't take me near as long to complete the plans.

Rehab Rajab's picture

Not in detail. As an ESL teacher, I think that an outline of the main activities, outcomes, objectives and skills as well as the language focus is more than enough. I have been teaching the same curriculum for 3 years, so it doesn't take me long to copy/paste my old plans into the new template, but it used to take me 3-4 hours a week the first time. I could use the time is more important things for sure.

Stacy L.'s picture

I don't think you necessarily have to write out a formal lesson plan everyday. Some sort of outline could easily suffice so you remember how your lesson for that day was to flow. You could make a calendar for effective cirriculum mapping and put some standards on there but I do not think the formal lesson plan template everyday is something that is needed.

ian's picture

I think it depends on the plan that is required. I believe there is a necessity to plan in order to have a sequence and structure to your lessons. However, the amount of detail and boxes a lot of formal plans require teachers to fill often make the planning process cumbersome. The important thing is to remember to teach the student not the plan and to be able to think or have thought what can go wrong. As to doctor and plans well I worry about this one is he looking at me and my complaint or merely at the amount of ibuprofen he sells and his commission or need to prove a theory.

Linda's picture

We don't have to turn our lesson plans in...thank goodness. I write plans weekly, but they are for my benefit only. I don't include objectives, benchmarks, etc. That would be a waste of time. I do what makes sense for me so that I can be organized and the best teacher I can be.

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