What a difference in a small span of time! The lesson plan template devised at our school, which was created by many stakeholders, has been shared with several schools in our district. Central office personnel has lauded our efforts and praised the progress of our teachers in adapting lessons plans to that of best practices supported by the VDOE.
While many of our teachers are excelling in the realm of lesson planning, there are some who still need help/assistance. If you need assistance with the new lesson plan template, please see your evaluator or grade-level administrator as soon as possible. In addition, you can seek assistance from a co-worker if needed.
Lastly, make your lesson plans count! Lesson planning takes a great deal of time. Get the most out of them by planning for differentiated instruction, aligned assessments, instruct-to-construct, etc. The suggestions provided to you this year by administrative staff is the culmination of standards issued by the VDOE, various professional development platforms, Virginia TTAC, and best practices detailed via state-sponsored seminars.
IMPORTANT NOTICES RELATED TO LESSON PLANNING:
- Each teacher is responsible for the content placed on his/her lesson plan. While common lesson planning is noteworthy and a part of HCMS culture, each teacher’s classroom population is met with specific/individual needs. The lessons presented to the students population should reflect this factor.
- Each teacher should be familiar with the information on the lesson plan and how it relates to the curriculum framework of the VDOE.
- If you plan with another person, or group of persons, you should be a vital component in the end product of the lesson plan.
- Excluding the formative assessment factor (additional notes at the end of the day), the lesson plan uploaded to Google Drive should match those presented to the student population.
- SOLs, along with the specific standard that you are assessing that day, should be noted in the lesson plan.