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.

20 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

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  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.

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  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

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

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

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  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

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

    Danielle
    danikteacher2@aol.com

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  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!

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  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

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

    Thanks - Pam

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  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

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  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

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  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.
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  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

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

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

    Kristinedwards5866@gmail.com

    Kristin

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

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

    Kristinedwards5866@gmail.com

    Kristin

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

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