Today in our leadership team meeting we discussed lesson plans again, and looked at the samples I copied — a lesson plan I wrote before we had the big discussion about what makes a good lesson plan, and one from after, with lots of detail, that references the standards.
We didn’t get much further, although it does appear that there are actually three kinds of lesson plans we’re talking about — and that teachers probably need all three. One is a schedule — what you will teach, when you will teach it, and in what order. The second is a detailed plan for each lesson that lists standards, objectives, your plan for differentiation, the questions you will ask, etc. The third is a curriculum plan for the whole year that shows what standards the kids need to learn and when you will teach each one over the course of a year.
We ran out of time, but it will be interesting to see where we end up going with this. Apparently some people at our school don’t even write lesson plans, and at a bare minimum, we need to make clear the expectation that everyone writes a daily lesson plan.