Teachers Voice Recording their Lesson Plans to Save Time

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. 

Please share your thoughts on this in the comments below.

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Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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  1. Great idea! I typically use my voice recorder for other things, but this is a great way to save time. Sometimes, I use the microphone part of a text message and dictate ideas I have into a text to myself.

  2. I would love to know how any negative justification for this could take place…especially if it is as an accommodation, such as for those with carpal tunnel or other hand/wrist issues.

  3. On a different issue regarding recording, a district rep told some union members that
    there was some UFT/DOE agreement not to allow secret recordings of conversations
    between administrators and teachers. Have you heard anything about this?

  4. Francesco Portelos

    Never heard, nor saw that.

  5. Its not only having lesson plans, its having them on a clipboard and taking data notes about the 3 checks for understanding student responses that MUST be embedded in your lesson. SO what I created a great Smart board lesson with video and interaction. So what, I had to buy resources to go with the lesson . You have to walk around and take notes ON THE LESSON PLAN!
    Letter to file for not having a HARD copy.

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