When I met with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching last week we talked about team planning. I shared with her that at my school we have back to back resource (or specials) one day a week, when our students are at their double resources our grade level holds a team meeting. During this meeting we discuss lesson plans, up coming events, have PD provided by our instructional coach, etc. Administration will often come in during our meetings to share information, or just to observe our planning.
The way we plan is also different from other schools. One teacher is responsible for Math plans, one for Reading, one for Science and Social Studies, etc. This year we had two teachers planning Math and Reading. We each create plans to share with the entire grade level. We use these plans as a basis for our lessons, some of us have to add to a lesson for our class or take longer on some skills, it all depends on the type of class we have.
We do not write six point lesson plans, actually we do all planning on the Smartboard. It is our responsibility to review the plans before teaching them to our class to ensure we understand them and the skill we are teaching. Often during planning we will discuss the plans with our teammates and share tips, important information, or key vocabulary related to the lessons. All lesson plans are due into our school shared folder a week before our meetings. Fourth grade planned on Fridays so we made sure we had our plans in for the following week by our planning time (we were slackers).
When we create our plans we do not label them Monday, Tuesday, etc., but Day 1, Day 2, etc. This is because we all have different types of classes and some will go through skills quicker than others. We will give a date in which a unit must be completed by (according to our County's Unit Analysis).
How do you plan at your school? Do you have grade level meetings/planning?