Quality lesson planning is necessary to help ensure the teacher that key elements of an effective lesson are presented.  Lesson plans aid the principal, supervisor and substitute teachers in understanding the regular classroom teacher's plan for teaching the course of study as adopted by the School Board.  Lesson plans should also be prepared by teachers whose assignment may vary from regular classroom work in order that their scheduled activities may be observed with understanding or replicated by a substitute teacher.  Generally, teachers will prepare lesson plans on a weekly basis although they are expected to have general plans which cover the length of the course.  Plans will be kept by the classroom teacher in a place known to and accessible to the building administrators.  The principal may further require teachers to provide copies of lesson plans to the school office at reasonable times and intervals as determined by the principal.


The lesson plan should be of sufficient length and substance to allow a substitute teacher to carry on the course of study and to provide a means by which principals and supervisors may monitor instruction to assure that the educational program in a particular class or activity is related to the district-approved course of study.


Although the district will provide lesson plan books, principals may request another system or format for the presentation of lesson plans provided it meets the purpose of planning.  Principals may also require more detail or specific plans to assist individual teachers, or they may minimize the use of lesson plans when such action will not compromise the stated purpose of lesson planning.


It is recognized that provision for flexibility is essential within the lesson plan to allow for unexpected changes and varying learning rates.















Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:  12/11/06                                                      Columbus, Nebraska

                                                                                    Reviewed:  8/10/09