Lesson plan formatting is a common topic of conversation I hear with my colleagues. My goal with lesson plans is to write the overall gist of what the students will be doing during their time with me, I keep the details in my head. Many people say they write detailed plans, but I find the clutter and length of the details makes it difficult to refer to while I am teaching. (Typically I keep the lesson plan at, or near the table while I teach.) Personally, I prefer to follow the KISS protocol, Keep It Simple Silly ;)
There has been a push in the last couple weeks at my school for every teacher to have learning targets for reading, writing, math, and language posted at all times somewhere in the classroom. Initially I thought, “Wow! With groups for 1st through 5th graders in reading, writing, math, behavior, social skills, and study skills. How can I stay on top of that?”
I decided to be more like the tortoise and less like the hair. In other words, one step at a time. My first step, update my lesson plans to include a specific place to consider the target for that day. At the very least, I will have to consider it while I am writing my plans everyday. At the very best, I have a student friendly target posted on the board everyday.
So without further ado, I present my weekly lesson plan format. Feel free to download and use it as is, borrow pieces from it, or totally ignore it. What do you do different in your plans?
To download my Weekly Lesson Plan: click in the window where the lesson plan is on, “File” then “Download original.”