If you’ve noticed the teachers at Everyday P-12 School working particularly hard this week (past 3.45pm) it’s not because the leadership team has locked the gates of the staff car-park again.
Vice-principal, Ms Ruth Horan, has done something even worse. She’s demanded staff hand in their lesson plans for the entire 2019 school year. Ever since teachers have been busily writing up plans for lessons already taught, all the way back to the beginning of February.
I reminded her that I teach Year 4 while she teaches Drama. She still couldn’t see why she couldn’t use mine.
Arts/Drama teacher Ms Ava Hollywood, who hasn’t written up a lesson plan since university, has been asking others what a lesson plan should look like. ‘Ava came to me, knowing I’m the only teacher who actually writes lesson plans,’ said Ms Jacqui Kenny, ‘asking if she could copy and use mine. I reminded her that I teach Year 4 while she teaches Drama. She still couldn’t see why she couldn’t use mine.’
Another teacher behind the eight-ball is Year 6 teacher, Mr Adrian Fisher. It’s a well-known fact that every lesson he teaches has the same plan:
– Students sit
– He speaks
‘I’ve informed Adrian that each individual lesson plan needs a learning intention, success criteria and links to the curriculum,’ said Ms Horan. Mr Fisher was less than impressed when notified of these requirements. ‘I went to teachers’ college so the students have to do the writing, not me,’ he said.
Graduate teacher of the Year 3 class, Mr Sam Hargreaves, has tried an inventive solution to the problem. He’s told his students they are ‘being teachers’ for the week, has taught them the structure of a lesson plan, allocated each student several lessons and is tasking them with writing up the lesson plans he will then submit to Ms Horan. ‘It should work,’ said Mr Hargreaves. ‘Half these kids are better spellers than me. And they weren’t recovering from a bender weekend, or planning their next big weekend, while the lessons were taking place.’
Half these kids are better spellers than me. And they weren’t recovering from a bender weekend, or planning their next big weekend, while the lessons were taking place.
Maybe the most surprising outcome of the situation is that ancient teacher, Mrs Marjorie Hall, has a year’s worth of lesson plans already written up and stored in a folder. What isn’t surprising is that the folder is labelled ‘1975’ and Mrs Hall has used the same lesson plans for every year since. ‘I taught some of these children’s grandparents with the very same lessons,’ she said, somehow proud of the fact.
It seems Ms Horan has some interesting lesson plans headed her way.