One of the most basic exercises that a teacher candidate has to master in training is putting together a lesson plan. It could be for one class, many classes, or just a portion of the class.
Even though veteran teachers tend to have a firm grasp of content and multiple strategies in delivering, the need to make concrete plans is still important.
What’s the goal? What resources do I need? How am I going to sequence it? Have I given clear expectations? What are the objectives and standards to be covered? How will I assess? How will I make sure to communicate well with students?
AND HOW DO I DIFFERENTIATE BASED ON STUDENT NEEDS AND WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS DON’T “MASTER” THE MATERIAL THE FIRST TIME?
So each school system in NC is to enact a “plan” for opening that follows the guidelines set by the state, which at this moment is Plan B or C.
There’s an objective.
But we need the rest of the lesson plan – one that will include very well communicated expectations.
One that will be able to show what happens if a teacher or student becomes infected with COVID-19.
One that understands what materials are needed to safely reopen schools and make sure that they are ready to be utilized.
One that talks about how sick leave will be used or not counted against if a teacher must stay home for illness due to exposure.
One that has a protocol for getting subs in class when needed.
One that clearly tells parents and students what is expected of them.
And there are so many more considerations above and beyond the effort, willingness, energy, and professionalism that teachers and staff already bring.
Because what this teacher sees is not a lesson plan in many cases.
It’s an ideally desired outcome.