Saturday, February 26, 2011

Custom Lesson Plans

 Last week Katie from Persnickety Pickles posted her lesson plan format. Truthfully I've been wanting to post my lesson plans for a VERY long time. I just didn't know where to start. I've been going around & around all week thinking about how I would post about lesson planning. I thought I would begin with how I started making my OWN lesson plans.

When I was a first year teacher, feels like so long ago, I was completely lost when it came to putting my lessons on paper. Sure I had already worked in a school & with kids for years. I felt completely comfortable in front of a class, & had every inch of my lessons planned in my head but my paper lesson plans??? Well, lets just say if Administration came into my room that first month & asked to see my plan book, I might not still be teaching today.

You know those big plan books, with the boxes? They never worked for me... I tried but I just always felt like I wanted some parameters. Nothing against those teachers who used them but I was always frustrated. I also tried those LONG, lesson plan formats that they make you do when your getting your degree. They were too time consuming & I was not happy about doing one of those for each lesson 5 days a week. I was a bit lost as to how to document my lessons.

That when it happened, I was sitting at a weekly staff meeting when I looked over & saw another first grade team member filling out an interesting form. I saw a box for Phonics, Reading, & Writing. I asked to take a closer look & sure enough those boxes had a particular routine activities & spaces for the teacher to write in and activity if it were something different. The best part was that in two pages, sitting next to each other, I had a whole of lesson plans. I fell in LOVE with this format right away.

She graciously shared with me & it changed my life. It was to easy to plan after that. I could check off routine activities, if we were working on them that day, & if not I didn't. I could also write in the writing prompt for the day or just page numbers of work pages, anthologies, anything!

The following year we changed reading series & so I got on my computer & made my own, custom lesson plan format. I wrote in what I wanted to cover daily so that I could once again check them off if I was planning on doing that activity. What changed for me was that I MADE MY OWN format. It was not easy at first. I had to learn to navigate using a table on Word & if you've never done it, it can be a pain. The margins were tricky too, but once you had a basic layout it was not that hard. I even get to use change my fonts. What I learned was that I liked doing this. It sounds crazy but I liked it a lot. Don't misunderstand it did take me a while to get it done just right, and I used to walk away from the computer drained & dazed, still do sometimes, but it was not horrible. The best part was that I got EXACTLY what I wanted.

Now at the start of every year I go back & tweak my format to fit my students & my needs. I have even been know to change the format quarterly. It was a bit more complex when I switched from a gen ed first grade teacher to ELL teacher, but I was able to transfer some pieces of my old template, which I liked so much.

So I decided to post some generic templates for you all to download. So when I pulled up my older lesson plan formats they went all screwy because I don't have those fonts on this computer & I also have a different version of WORD. SO I decided that I would tweak them & post them at another time.However I do want to post something for you all. These are my current ELL lesson plan templates. Although they can be used for a Gen Ed class, they don't have all the components I liked to have when I taught Gen Ed.

Kindergarten Plans
1st Grade Plans

It looks weird in Google Docs & doesn't show the lines for you to write on but when you download it it looks normal. I hope that in the next week I will have a chance to post my two page Language Arts lesson plans.

I would love for you to share what you all think. & how do you plan for your lessons.

56 comments:

  1. I posted mine on my blog faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com. I love your plans and am always looking for new ways to integrate mine with other plan templates. Thanks for sharing.

    Janine

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nice blog! I will visit your blog soon.
      Please visit my site @ Jakarta Hotel Intercontinental

      Delete
  2. From what I am seeing this is what I have been looking for. Cannot wait to see the general ed and I am hoping you post it where we can edit it and add our own times, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Janine, I saw your plans they look good. I too love seeing how other teachers plan.

    Mrs. Daniels, i'd love to share a version you can edit in a post because Google Docs messes with the margins. However, I can send it to your email. When I post the Gen Ed version if you want a copy let me know & I can send it directly to your email.

    Ms. M

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sounds great Ms. M. My email is Tam118dans@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Ms. M.!
    I would love an editable copy of your GenEd plans! thanks so much for sharing! : )
    Cindy
    cja1st@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I will gladly get those to you soon ladies. I would just like to tweak them a little bit. And by tweak I mean fix.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. I would love your gen ed plans as well. Thanks so much!!

    Danielle
    danikteacher2@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great minds think alike! I shared my plans through Growing Kinders' linky party! I, too, made my own - if you get frustrated with the margins in Word, you may find it easier to work in Excel. That's how I made mine! I love having something that is customized to my teaching and my students' learning!

    ReplyDelete
  9. A BIG thank you! I am also a K-1 ESL teacher. My kids seem to need so much that I'm never completely sure what I should be focusing on. I will be checking your blog on a regular basis. I am so glad that I found it!
    Nina

    ReplyDelete
  10. Would you be so kind as to email me the lesson plan template? pfoster1@hotmail.com

    Thanks - Pam

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've taught K for 15 years and have probably worked on my lesson plan format every year! I guess with K standards changing so much.... Anyway, this week I have grown very unhappy with my current format. Thanks for the help!
    Suzan
    krazyforkindergarten.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Susan if you liked this template you mght also like what I've posted over on www.ateachersplan.blogspot.com. I sell my templates and also offer some other freebies. Go take a look around.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com
    www.ateachersplan.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. I enjoyed reading it. I require to study more on this topic. Thanks for sharing a nice info..Any way I'm going to subscribe for your feed and I hope you post again soon.
    Pelase visit Propertykita

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love your lesson plans. I would love a copy of the gen ed plan, too. My email is amandm@gmail.com. If you don't mind my asking, what font did you use in these plans? Thanks so much.

    Amanda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Go here to download the template.
      http://ateachersplan.blogspot.com/p/templates-for-sale.html

      M

      Delete
  15. Can you please email me your lesson plan? Thank you so much!

    Kristinedwards5866@gmail.com

    Kristin

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can download the template here...
      http://ateachersplan.blogspot.com/p/templates-for-sale.html

      M

      Delete
  16. Can you please email me your lesson plan? Thank you so much!

    Kristinedwards5866@gmail.com

    Kristin

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can download the template here...
      http://ateachersplan.blogspot.com/p/templates-for-sale.html

      M

      Delete
  17. Nice article, thanks for the information. It's very complete information. I will bookmark for next reference
    jaring futsal | jaring golf | jaring pengaman proyek |
    jaring pengaman bangunan | jaring pengaman gedung

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.
    pacman |happy wheels |my little pony games | unblocked games
    friv4 kizi 4| unblockedgames unblocked games for kids

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you very much for your post, it makes us have more and more discs in our life, So kind for you, I also hope you will make more and more excellent post and let’s more and more talk, thank you very much, dear.
    unblocked games| unblockedgames| unblocked games at school| unblocked games for kids
    friv| friv4school| friv.com| monster high games| monster high| monster high drees up
    happy wheels| happywheels| happy wheels demo| happy wheels unblocked| happy wheels hacked
    shooting games| shooting| tetris| tetris unblocked| tetris game| tetris online

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love all the posts, I really enjoyed, I would like more information about this, because it is very nice., Thanks for sharing.
    Friv
    Friv 10000

    ReplyDelete
  21. I liked your article and I hope you will have many entries or more
    Friv3|
    Y8 games

    ReplyDelete
  22. Big Farm

    Big Farm is an awesome multiplayer farm management game made by the Goodgame Studios.
    Your mission is simple: Create a big farm, grow crops, breed animals,
    and become the richest farmer of the universe. Enjoy Goodgame's Big Farm!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this
    Super smash flash 2|
    Super mario bros|
    Cooking games for girls

    ReplyDelete
  24. I am very happy to discover your post as it will become on top in my collection of favorite blogs to visit.
    Friv 4
    Friv 5
    Friv 100
    Happy Wheels

    ReplyDelete
  25. Do not know what to say, I liked your article and I hope you will have many entries or more.
    Friv 14|
    Kizi|
    Friv4school

    ReplyDelete
  26. When you see the stress in work, life, friv could well be a good site to try. thanks you for sharing
    Friv Games, Friv Online, Friv.com, Friv

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for sharing the information. It is very useful for my future. keep sharing
    Friv 1
    Juegos Friv 3

    ReplyDelete
  28. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  29. greath post, Thank you for presenting a wide variety of information that is very interesting to see in this artikle
    Friv 1
    Juegos Friv 3

    ReplyDelete
  30. Play free Friv games flash online games flash.
    Thanks you for sharing
    Friv Games | Friv Online

    ReplyDelete
  31. I just wanted to thank you for the information, it really necessary and timely for me at this time. Career choices are not merely looking for a job offer income because sometimes it will affect your whole life later. With many new people looking for work often go to work simply how to get a job matching capabilities, can provide income to cover life. The demand for employment as soon as possible sometimes make quick decisions and they forgot that profession is not simply what they do, but also can be an important crossroads in life.!
    G9 , Dora Games , Kizi new , Huz Games , Kizi 2 , Friv 4 School , 85 Play , 4223 Games , 85 Games

    ReplyDelete
  32. Play free Friv games flash online games flash.
    Thanks you for sharing
    Friv Games | Friv Online

    ReplyDelete
  33. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I would very much like to agree with the previous commenter! I find this blog really useful for my uni project. I hope to add more useful posts later.
    Kizi 2
    Friv 2

    ReplyDelete
  35. You need to kill time, you need entertainment. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfort.
    Thanks you for sharing!
    Friv
    Friv Games
    Yepi 4
    Kizi 4

    ReplyDelete
  36. Posts shared useful information and meaningful life, I'm glad to be reading this article and hope to soon learn the next article. thank you
    Friv 1000

    ReplyDelete
  37. Thanks for sharing this valuable information to our vision. You have posted a trust worthy blog keep sharing.
    sword sand souls | ninjago games | hola launcher | agario game | cooking fever | goodgame big farm | red ball 4 | agario | subway surfers | paradise bay

    ReplyDelete
  38. I would very much like to agree with the previous commenter! I find this blog really useful for my uni project. I hope to add more useful posts later.
    Kizi 2
    Friv 2

    ReplyDelete
  39. You need to kill time, you need entertainment. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfort.
    Friv

    ReplyDelete
  40. you'd have time to look these kids active. Please visit our website and let us play the game interesting.
    Thanks for sharing !
    Friv 10
    Kizi 10
    Yepi 2

    ReplyDelete
  41. after hours of work tired, you need entertainment. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfortable
    Kizi 1000

    ReplyDelete
  42. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  43. You need to kill time, you'd have time to look these kids active. Refer to our website. Hope you get the most comfort.
    Thanks for sharing !
    Friv 5
    Kizi 1
    Yepi 3

    ReplyDelete
  44. What a wonderfull post! thank you... read with pleasure!
    Friv
    Kizi 4
    Friv Games

    ReplyDelete
  45. When you're tired, you want to relax after a stressful working hours, you need to have time to take care of the kids active.
    Please visit our website and play exciting flash games.Thanks you for sharing!
    Friv 4

    ReplyDelete
  46. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Play the Best Free Games! We've picked out the racing games, cooking games, candy crush, games shooting, fashion games, ...
    Thanks for sharing !
    Kizi 200
    Friv 1
    Y88
    Y9

    ReplyDelete
  48. I enjoyed over read your blog post. Your blog have nice information, I got good ideas from this amazing blog. I am always searching like this type blog post. I hope I will see again..

    happy wheels unblocked | qwop unblocked | unblockedgames.eu | sesxebi | unblocked games

    ReplyDelete
  49. Hotmail is an email account of Microsoft Corporation. Like Google's Gmail, it is full of features usually xuyen.Neu of an email you want to register an account please follow these basic steps:
    Hotmail sign in | Hotmail sign up

    Hotmail login | Log in to hotmail

    Close hotmail account | Create a hotmail account

    Hotmail review

    Sign in to hotmail

    Create hotmail account

    Recover hotmail password

    Tank Trouble is a very interesting flash game about tanks, about war and about destruction
    TANK TROUBLE | TANK TROUBLE 2 | TANK TROUBLE 3

    One Penguin Takes it personally when he is surfing the web and stumbles upon a web site telling him that he cant fly, after that he sets his mind to research and practice flying until he can prove the world that he can..
    Slitherio | LEARN TO FLY | LEARN TO FLY 2 | LEARN TO FLY 3

    Strike Force Heroes is a new game action-packed shooter from the creators of Raze; with 3 game modes, 15 campaign missions and over 65 weapons.
    Strike Force Heroes | Strike Force Heroes 2 | Strike Force Heroes 3 | Strike Force Heroes 4

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for the comment. Please come back again.