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What are your weekly routines?

Jun 9, 2013 10:43am

To all of the secondary English teachers out there, how do you get everything done each week?
How do you teach vocabulary, writing techniques, and have students read and analyze various texts?
What do your weekly lesson plans look like?

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Planning


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    • Jun 12, 2013 11:11am

      I've never had a set weekly routine. Things come up that you didn't anticipate or students need more or less time on an assessment than you originally planned. I do have daily routines, like a warm-up and an exit ticket. I make sure to incorporate time for individual and group work and ungraded formative assessments. The warm-ups and exit tickets guide my lesson planning; it's a quick and easy way to figure out who gets it, who doesn't, and what I need to do to reteach or reassess. You don't need to teach everything every day. I may formally teach vocabulary once every two weeks, but the students are continuously exposed to new vocabulary and practice with it every day. I address the necessary writing skills as they apply to whatever they are reading or producing.

      • Jun 11, 2013 1:01pm


        I work from the Common Core standards. Each week, I review the standards and based on formal and informal assessments, I determine which standards students need to focus on and I build my curriculum from there using Universal Design for Learning. As a result, every week looks a little different, but in every class period, I start with a "Do Now" to activate prior knowledge, allow for collaboration, and move through scaffolding where I model and provide students with exemplars, rubrics, etc... before they begin work. The reason I don't want a specific weekly schedule is because sometimes it's clear that students need more or less practice on a certain standard and I need to be flexible.