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Is it possible to teach well without a WRITTEN lesson plan?

Dec 26, 2015 6:01am

  • English Language Arts / Math / Other
  • 3-6
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Common Core / Planning


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    • Dec 26, 2015 12:47pm

      Well, why do up a lesson plan? For me, part of lesson planning is more like a study plan so students acquire the necessary skill for independent studies later, and then hopefully independent skills. A large segment of my lesson planning is anticipating the kinds of questions students will be pondering. I strongly think that it behooves us to consider our students thinking when designing what I used to call lesson plan which in my opinion should be a learning plan, nomenclature. Additionally, lesson planning affords us the avenue for self-reflection. Sorry, this is long enough. What does everyone else have to say?

      • Dec 29, 2015 12:47pm

        I think it is not possible to teach well without a written lesson plan. If you write down gyour plan for the lesson you are about to teach you are making sure you will get your students to learn what you need them to learn, otherwise it will become extremely hard.

        • Dec 30, 2015 10:25am

          Thanks Michael, Alvaro and Eric. Your posts give us something to think about. I think reflection is the greatest gain for written plans. However, I don't think it's the only means of reflection. You can also reflect through journaling, observation, etc. If my time is limited, I'd rather research a topic I'm teaching, or gather lots of resources for students.

          In conclusion, I'm on the fence about written plans because I know highly effective teachers who don't write them (but they do plan) and developing teachers who spend oodles of time on written plans without much student gain.

          Thanks, again, for you inspiration!

          • Dec 30, 2015 2:05pm

            You're welcome Jewel. Lesson planning is actually one of a teacher's professional duty in light of educational accountability. It shows evidence of how time was used or supposedly used in a classroom. I've known principals that spotcheck on their teachers and I wouldn't want to be caught flat footed without evidence of how you planned on having students achieve some outcome or standard. Where I find lesson planning most useful is when colleagues (and this includes admins) are there to support/observe especially when doing lesson studies in a PLC. Don't expect that winging it is a mark of excellence in a teacher even if you might think it doesn't translate to good test scores. A mentor once told me that "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail" and evidence of planning must be written. On a related now, I'm curious how teachers of phys-Ed, home-ec, shops, band/music do their lesson plans. Do they write them out?

            • Feb 12, 2016 5:52am

              I do not need a full blown lesson plan to teach. I do plan, though. I make sure that I have a list of topics that are to be covered and have the materials for it.

              • May 2, 2018 10:38pm

                It does not mean you are a lazy teacher, but it just means things are uncouncdious for you. So thé Time to spend on writing thé beaurocratic paper should bé spent on feeling the lesson and it s impact on students.

                • Dec 31, 2015 4:53pm

                  Planning a lesson is really important