There are many who don't understand this one point. I used to have someone who required me to have beautiful lesson plans. They were detailed. I spent more than an hour a day on them. So much time so that sometimes I felt unprepared when the kids actually walked in the door. When those detailed plans were removed and I was allowed to focus on the content created for the students to use and then keep a grid (I keep links, etc. to what I'm doing) - THAT Was when real innovation happened in my classroom. Things like wikis, blogs, etc. happened after those super-restrictive requirements were taken off my shoulders. I had the wrong audience when I had those detailed lesson plans - my audience was the principal at the time. Now, I still have plans but I keep it in a grid in a book and then keep copies of what I use with students in dropbox and other places. I do far more now than then because my focus is the students.
Lesson plans aren't bad. However, if you spend your time making the LESSON PLAN itself pretty and perfect then likely you're not spending your actual time PLANNING, printing, collecting, and creating what you'll be doing with your students. Also, when you do things like #geniushour and 20% time projects, you no longer have a lesson plan but a project plan which is an entirely different thing altogether. Don't fault teachers for this.
Teaching is the hardest job everybody thinks they can do and few really can.
This teacher's lesson plan fully discloses the tools that are being used, the standards, and required permissions. This is a very detailed example, but one that you may have to use for large projects to get approval in your district.
During post planning this year, discuss how you can incorporate personalized learning in your school next year. Here are some ideas for what teachers are doing now -- some are large projects and others are just planning tools.
If you're a math teacher, here is an organized assortment of lesson plans for math teachers by grade level.
IN this lesson plan from the New York Times, learn how to prepare a mock trial for your classroom. You can prepare one around just about any topic. This would be an excellent way to end the school year to add enthusiasm.
The Titanic sank 100 years a go this April. While I wouldn't call this a celebration per se (perhaps a commemoration) it is of interest to students. Here are some lessons about the titanic including a resource pack.
Here is a page of all Kinect Applications compiled by UK Kinect Guru Ray Chambers. Here are the lesson plans, links, and downloads for all that he's doing. If you want to use Kinect in the classroom. Take a look at him. (Shout out to the TES resource sharing site for helping me find his content.)
This lesson plan encourages students to mash up and annotate a New York Times article. They recommended that you use Wikispaces, but a diigo shared group would be the easiest.
It is a great tie in with Valentine's day to share about heart disease and heart health. Here is a poster you can use in the classroom to talk about diet and coronary heart disease.
AJ Juliani's 20% project based on Google's 20% guideline for employees.
The US Federal Government has a website that catalogs all the educational material from the US Federal Government. These free resources are in every subject and grade level. Share with curriculum directors, especially fornthosenofnyou creating your own textbooks.
You can get the 12 games of Christmas teaching pack for free for a single user or your whole school. Download it now and keep it to use it every year. The sample teaching pack gives you ideas for how to use the 12 games of Christmas. IF you use the games, you'll want to get this for the lesson plans.
So many great health and science lesson plans running around. This is from the American Heart Association and is three lessons to help kids. This from the site:
"Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike anyone, anywhere – and a victim's chance of survival depends on the people around them. Be the Beat offers free games, music, videos and giveaways to educate teens about recognizing a cardiac arrest, calling 911, CPR and using an AED, while they have fun!
Schools play a vital role in this movement to train teen lifesavers. As a complement to your CPR and AED program, or other curriculum, check out our free resources and register now so we can keep you updated on the latest news. Then, encourage your students to play and learn on Be the Beat. Together we can create the next generation of lifesavers!"
With summer approaching in the USA and the inevitable tragic drownings that always happen - your teaching could save someone's life!
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