If a few small changes to lesson planning could make your district 5xs more likely to become high performing, reduce stress in your teachers, and improve the quality of their lessons, would you make them?
800 educators from across the country revealed tiny modifications their school leaders made to their lesson planning process that lead to massive, positive change in their lives, and the lives of their students.
News You Can Use
A study of over 11 hundred organizations found that administrations whose staff work collaboratively were 5 times more likely to be high performing*. That’s great news considering collaboration holds everyone accountable and teachers crave it. A shocking 60% of educators we surveyed valued working with their colleagues and PLCs on lesson plans.
These same teachers also enjoyed planning on the fly, aligning standards easily to lessons and doing it quickly. All of this, in addition to collaboration, helps them to all stay on the same page, reduce overload, and allows for more creativity. This is why smart school leaders are making changes in the way their schools do lesson planning.
But before you buy another lesson planner or start planning more meetings, keep in mind there is a continuum.
On one end teachers are saying:
“[there are] too many PLC meetings to spend the time needed on lesson planning.”
While on the other end, they're saying:
“[we] need more time in school for planning as a team”
There is a middle ground to reach, and districts that do get:
- Teachers like Alice Wright who exclaim “I love that my entire team can have input on plans but we do not have to be in same room or space to share and work together. The entire process of planning is much easier and has become a breeze!!”
- Or results like Paulding County where 44% of the district switched to OnCourse Lesson Planner and with all their hard work they achieved the highest graduation rate and CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance) score in Georgia.
But where do you find this middle ground?
Between Functionality and a Cloud-Base
Take into consideration what teachers value and the important role collaboration plays in any organization becoming high performing. Then take what you learned in this blog and find a digital lesson planner with all the right features and functionality.
Have you ever heard of OnCourse Lesson Planner? It's the online lesson planner that the teachers from this survey say got them beyond just digital.
Here's what they have to say:
- “I have used OnCourse for 11 years and it had spoiled me! I expect more from other online platforms”- Bonnie Gedney, Lee County
- “OnCourse is just what its name implies. It is a program that keeps you on course. I am always ready to design my framework of instructions with the ease of clicking the standards.”- Angelia Williams, Cobb County
But form your own opinion and make the choice that works best for you. Use the ebook below as a resource to support you in making that decision; it elaborates on all of the high-impact features that teachers crave.
* www.Forbes.com - New Study Finds that Collaboration Drives Worlplace Performance, Adi Gaskell. June 22, 2017