Questions for Teachers!

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Questions for Teachers!
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Wed, 02-22-2006 - 3:49pm

Hi, I'm in a college course right now about lesson planning. Do you all mind answering some questions about teaching/esson planning for me? I'm interested in teaching early education. Thanks so much in advance!

1) Are written lesson plans required at your school?

2) If so, do they have to be submitted to the principle?

3) If lesson plans are not required, do you write them anyway?

4) How long does it take to develop a lesson plan? for the day? week?

5) What format do you use in writing them?

Thank you so much!!

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 02-23-2006 - 2:28pm

Welcome future educator! I can't answer all of your questions, but I have some input for you. I teach at the university level, but I have 25 + years of experience in K-12.


There is a broad range of definitions when it comes to the term lesson plan. They range from a bulleted list of topics to cover, to a sequence of activities, to detailed descriptions of goals and activities, to indepth instructional design.

Sherry

 

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 02-23-2006 - 6:26pm

1) Are written lesson plans required at your school? Yes

2) If so, do they have to be submitted to the principle? Yes, weekly plans by Monday morning

3) If lesson plans are not required, do you write them anyway? N/A

4) How long does it take to develop a lesson plan? for the day? week? It depends...I can't really pinpoint an exact time, but I'd say between 1 and 3 hours for a week.

5) What format do you use in writing them? We are required to use a block style which has the entire week's lesson plan on one legal sized paper.

Alysha


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Registered: 11-15-2005
Fri, 02-24-2006 - 3:55pm

I teach at a high school.

No lesson plans do not need to be submitted
and No I usually don't write them, I write down basically what I'm going to do, or talk about, but absolutely nothing formal unless I have a sub.
I teach Special Ed. so I'm sure my planning is different than everyone elses. My plans have more to do with behavior and academic modification

Toni

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Sat, 02-25-2006 - 3:33pm

1) Are written lesson plans required at your school?

yes

2) If so, do they have to be submitted to the principle?

We upload them and I think it is the curriculum coordinator who is "in charge" of them. I sometimes wonder if anyone reads them.

3) If lesson plans are not required, do you write them anyway?

I teach ELA, Math, Sci, and SS. I submit ELA lesson plans, informally plan Math, and even more informally plan Sci and SS.

4) How long does it take to develop a lesson plan? for the day? week?

I might spend a half hour to an hour a week planning for the week. Dunno - I've never really timed it, and if I'm doing it at school, I'm likely to be interrupted a million times.

5) What format do you use in writing them?

I have a word template.

Karen

 


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Registered: 07-14-2005
Sat, 03-04-2006 - 3:32pm

1) Are written lesson plans required at your school? Yes - due every Friday before we leave the building

2) If so, do they have to be submitted to the principle? Our Principal & V.P. have split the staff between themselves for evals., lesson plans, responsibilities etc... My plans go to & my evals are done by the V.P.

3) If lesson plans are not required, do you write them anyway? They are required, but I'm anal enuf it makes it easier for me personally to have them pre-done & all laid out anyway.

4) How long does it take to develop a lesson plan? for the day? week? I teach 7th & 8th gr. math. Our school has laid out a curriculum map for the year as to what math standards are to be taught which quarter & the quarterly district assessments have been developed to reflect those standards. Personally, I prefer to start w/that long term plan for the year as broken down by quarter, then I further break it down to a weekly overview so I know that all is being covered in the most effective use of the time I have. I use a one page sheet broken up into 10 sections reflecting our 9- or 10-week quarter system. I break down the required quarterly standards to match what's covered where in the adopted textbook (pretty generally matches a 3-4 chapter section of the math text per quarter) & give myself an overview of how best to pick & choose which lessons will cover the standards in the time allowed in an order which reflects a building on previous knowledge (as it makes sense to me). Once that part is done, the weekly detailed plans I turn in just flesh out how I plan to cover each of those individual lessons.

5) What format do you use in writing them? I use the Madeline Hunter outline used in most of my methods classes as our V.P. has requested the objectives & standards being taught & specifically would like to be able to just hand a sub the lesson plan packet & ideally the lesson is laid out well enuf that it could still be presented successfully - whatever hands on &/or outside materials, warm-up, book lesson pgs., guided practice probs (class work/group work), & independent pract. problems (HW), closure, assessment. Have made up a word template that I use. As was mentioned earlier, I sometimes wonder if anyone ever reads them, but my V.P. usually sends me an e-mail showing appreciation for my "well-thought out" plans submitted for the following week. My grade book/daily lesson plan book reflects the weekly plan for my three classes on a gridded page outlining the daily warm-up, objective, work details, specific pg & prob. numbers.

It is a bit time consuming at the beginning of the quarter but the actual weekly planning then doesn't actually take such a large chunk of time. It's already generally laid out - it's just the specifics, & I feel prepared when I start each day.

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sat, 03-11-2006 - 10:53am
I know this is a little late but I just saw it and thought I would reply. I teach first grade. Yes we have to have lesson plans. We turned them in at the beginning of the year but after Christmas no longer had to. I would probably write down the basics if they weren't required but not to the extreme that I do now. When turning in our plans our principal had a rubric to grade them. We have to have objectives, standards and indicators, adaptations, higher order thinking skills questions for every subject, materials and procedures. Needless to say this takes a while, about 3 hours a week. I write them on a word template (it is 4 to 5 pages every day!)
Debbie
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Registered: 12-22-2003
Sun, 03-19-2006 - 11:46am

I'm new to the board(s) but wanted to give my input.

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