It’s a constant battle against time. In the classroom and at home. Writing, grading, writing and more writing.
Teacher: “I have a great lesson, but I’m a professional, so I don’t have to keep running to a sheet of paper (lesson plan) to execute it. It’s in my head.”
It never ceases to amaze me how creative educators can get. Whether it’s the way they convey the information to the students, or how they set up their classrooms, creativity is not leaning in public education.
One teacher wrote to me on Facebook and shared that since an arbitrator ruled that teachers need to have a lesson plan, but not necessarily a plan printed out for administration (ie. A lesson embedded in a PowerPoint will suffice), that they began voice recording their plans.
In a typical situation, a teacher who wants to hand in their lesson or make it available upon request, will create a chart or timeline and fill pages up with text relating to standards and objectives and assessment etc. This teacher I spoke to makes no claim that they are going to school unprepared to educate students. Instead, they note that they grab their phone, open recording app, and just dictate what will take place. It saves them time and if an administrator requests it, they can just email it to them.
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