Lesson Planning Is A Piece Of Cake

Have you ever spent hours during a work week creating lesson plans full of drop down menus, boxes of endless paragraphs noting what you will do at each minute of the day only to have them lie in a folder on your desk just in case your principal, or God forbid someone from the district comes to observe you?

Have you ever spent hours during a workweek creating lesson plans full of drop-down menus, boxes of endless paragraphs noting what you will do at each minute of the day only to have them lie in a folder on your desk just in case your principal, or God forbid someone from the district comes to observe you?
Have you ever noticed the “Brainiacs” of education make the simplest of tasks complicated sometimes just for the sake of appearing complicated? This bizarre phenomenon of overcomplication can often be seen in what is required of us concerning lesson plans.


Let’s step back for a moment and ponder…what is the purpose of lesson planning? Is the purpose to cross our T’s and dot our I’s or is the purpose of planning a lesson to find the most effective and efficient way to help our students gain mastery? I remember crying during my internship period because the lesson plans took FOREVER to complete! How horrible is that? Instead of my students having a well-rested, motivated teacher, they received a frustrated, burnt-out ball of tears.
The Polk County School District has recently adopted many great ideas from LSI (Learning Sciences International) concerning how lessons should be planned, what should be focused on, and how to help students at all levels reach mastery. Things such as Targets, to Success Criteria, to Tasks are all valid and proven techniques to move our students in the right direction and should be incorporated into our plans. BUT, your lesson plans shouldn’t bring you to tears as they did me at the beginning of my career.


So, what I have done is take the great strategies from LSI and incorporated them into a checklist. As far as I am concerned, if your lesson plan checks off everything on the list, who cares what it looks like. Now I cannot speak for your administration; if they insist that you use a particular lesson plan format and are not flexible, I would suggest you follow their desires no matter how silly they might be. Take a look at the lesson plan checklist below and let me know your thoughts and how it works for you.

Click the link below to access the lesson plan checklist:
Lesson Plan Checklist

To learn more about LSI, visit:  www.learningsciences.com

Rebecca Harris

2019 Teacher of the Year!

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