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How to Use Weekly Lesson Plans to Stay on Track

Welcome, teachers!  If you’re not already back in your classroom, you’re probably heading back soon. Back to school time can be hectic, and stressful, and while there’s never a bad time to start getting organized, the beginning of the school is arguably the best time to get systems in place that will help you stay calm and organized all year long. So let’s talk about weekly lesson plans.

I’m assuming for the sake of this article that you have flexibility in your lesson plan structure.  I have strong feelings about requiring teachers to submit their lesson plans in a fully written out format, but they’re not relevant to this article, so I’m going to push them down.  Like Ted Mosby.

I think that all levels of lesson plans//planning should be done in a format most useful to teachers.  For me, that involved collaborative planning at the unit plan level, and then using those unit plans to execute daily and weekly plans.  If you’ve been reading my blog at all recently, you know that I love a good template.  Once you’ve taken the time to either create or find a template you like it makes everything else SO MUCH EASIER.  When I was planning weekly, this was the format I enjoyed the most. 33672-photo2b252812529
To be honest, this picture shows my first week plans, so they look particularly crazy and they’re handwritten.  I truly can’t remember why, because I almost always typed them.  You can take a closer look at the format here:

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