One of the common themes in schools nowadays is for administrators to check teachers’ lesson plans. For some of us, this is nothing new. We come out of the university knowing that it will be done. We’ve just spent four years having people look over our shoulder, double checking everything; it’s almost as common as breathing air. For those of us that haven’t had this done before, it can be severely nerve wracking, especially if our lesson plans have become as simplistic as jotting something on a napkin at dinner time.
Keeping a written record of what you teach is an ancient practice. Some have been duped into thinking there is only one true way to record a lesson plan. However, there are actually multiple forms. Three of the basic ones are Hunter-Forte, the abbreviated, and the backwards lesson plan
You want to keep in mind who you have for students. Are there any that need alterations to their assignments? Will some students needs some more specific directions?
What are the enduring understandings that the students should take away from the lesson? What connections will they be making to the lesson that align with your state’s learning results? What knowledge and skills will be built upon?
How are the students going to be graded? What are the performance tasks that will be done? All quizzes, tests, and prompts should be mentioned, along with what will be observed.
We all have days that we can’t think clearly. Having what we will be leading our students through written out step by step helps us keep track of where we’re going. This can also help any substitutes that may need to lead the class through a lesson. These instructions should also include what should be assigned for homework. A list of materials and resources should also be listed here so that there will be even less of a chance of lacking what you need.
There are additional things that you could add into these lesson plans, such as ideas as to examples to share the children, notes about how the children enjoyed the lesson, ideas that you could use next time, and maybe a section of notes for whether or not you have been observed teaching this lesson. Some teachers prefer to keep their lessons under lock and key. Others are willing to post them online for others to use and to get feedback from other teachers. The choice is yours. Remember, though, this is your homework, not your test, to don’t stress!