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What’s your school’s policy on turning in lesson plans? Does your school even require lesson plans to be turned in? How do you all feel about it?

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When I first started I had to have lesson plans out and ready to go at a moments notice if my administrators car into my room. Now my lesson plans change so often I don’t write them out like a traditional lesson plan anymore. My district doesn’t collect them to look at them. I do know neighboring districts though where the teachers need to have their lesson plans in by the Friday before so admin can check them over.

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We use an online program and we are supposed to have the week's lessons up by Monday at 8 AM. We're told they check them, but it can't be more than a cursory glance, because I frequently go back to look at mine and they're nonsensical, or out of order, as I typically just import lessons from previous semesters. I don't mind it, as it's fairly basic stuff and it helps me stay at least a little organized, and I know I have a bit of a plan, at least.

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No lesson plans required. I had one to an administrator when I’m being observed, but that’s it. We are professionals. They treat us that way.

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That's the very definition of restricted teaching. To have something so rigid that you can't teach what the class needs when the class needs it. I understand administrators wanting to make sure curriculum is being covered, but there has to be a point where we are able to change our plans to meet the growing needs of our students.

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Lesson plans were not required by administration at the school I recently retired from. A good teacher does not need to waste time generating detailed plans for administrators. Time should be spent designing good lessons for their students, not documenting things for administration.

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Due every Monday (digitally). They send a nasty email if we don’t. Got one today 😂

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DR...from where I hail from that administrator's actions would be referred to as "chickencrap"....and the "crap" portion is a nice way of saying what I really feel.

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new teachers do, but i don't even think they look at them. it's just another box for them to check

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Uugghhhh...... the dreaded box to check ; 😤

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No! This is ridiculous! You have standards (we use common core) and that is your plans. We only ever need to talk about what we are doing with admin when we are having an observation. We are all professionals. Do you think a dentist turns in a plan for the day before they start? You need to talk to your union and bargain a change!

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We are required to submit them, however... I submited one with active links to my Google calendar. When questioned, I explained my calendar is updated all of the time and includes most of the info they want, usually 3-5 weeks out. With 3 high level math preps and 170 students, I don't have time to provide them with more or on their silly form. Luckily, they said okay.

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The thought of having to post lesson plans is demeaning.

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Some thoughts on the subject: http://teacherhabits.com/how-to-get-your-principal-to-stop-requiring-lesson-plans/

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Thank you, Good article.

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We do lesson plans together in our PLCs. However, administrators don’t ask about them when evaluating you, they just look at your daily task on the board.

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None for me. I didn’t even need one for my observation. My principal was shocked when I gave my lesson plan to her.

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Wow that’s awful. I wonder if they actually even look over your lesson plans or just want to see you submitted one. We’ve hade to submit paperwork for our grade level meetings and we knew they never looked at it. Just checked to see that it was filled in. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Nope. Just have a plan for today.

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We are not required to turn in lesson plans.

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Every Monday before 7am yes

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Teachers in their first 3 years have to submit regularly. Otherwise, just after a formal observation. It doesn’t bother me because I’m the only one at my school who teaches my course, so if I didn’t have prepared lesson plans, I’d be lost.

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We have to turn in every week. We do it digitally through Google Classroom. Personally o feel it is a waste. I teach upper level high school math. No sub is going to come in and follow them and the administration really has no clue what they say. Waste of time and effort. Thankfully our online grade book stores them from year to year so I do not have to reinvent the wheel every year. Just relate and submit

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Mine are due once a week & must be available on my desk at all times

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Turn them in before I leave for the summer.

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Yeah that's all we have to do. For any observations they should be out or available to be seen but informal observations they usually ask for them when we meet after but I mean that's it.

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Teachers are asked to turn in lesson plans through Eduphoroa or Google in order to be prepared in case they need to be out.

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Same with my district, but as your school did we normally sent them to a friend to give to the substitute and help get things together before the day started. Small friendly schools and department staff have their advantages.

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We have to submit plans every Monday by 8am in Google classroom and posted outside our door. I don’t really like the process but it’s like we’re paying for the sins of others.

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It all stems from a nation at risk which was an expose done on a low income area in the 80s. The students I believe middle or high school students were all working and the teacher was writing a check or balancing her checkbook. I don’t know which. It looked like a study hall to me well anyway every teacher seems to be judged by that one expose on a “news” show. I do t know which one though. To put it plainly we are all being blamed for The sins of others. At least the perceived sins.

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