As many of us are trying to understand changes to new GCSE and A Level specifications and devise SOW and lessons ready for the new academic year I realise that I am lucky to work in an environment where we send each other lessons without a seconds thought and online facebook pages/ schoology pages/ google drives are resulting in teachers across the UK sharing resources. I always find it astonishing to hear that staff are working in isolation on SOW rather than share the workload.
So why joint plan?
- It will reduce your workload- rather than planning for every single lesson you teach you will not have to do so. It saves everyone reinventing the wheel!
- You get to see ideas you haven’t thought of. One of the best things for me this year was getting my trainees lessons- so many new ideas to try!
- While you might not get ready made lessons each time, the leg work has been done for you, the research, the resource creating, the lesson activity designing etc. You will have to tweak to suit your class/ teaching style, but even so, it saves you starting from scratch. (Please note- this does not work, if teachers just teach exactly what they are given, it might not suit their class, teaching style etc- Teachers MUST tweak what they have been given!)
- Often as staff are sharing lessons, they want to make sure they share great lessons and resources, therefore everyone gets great resources.
- It gets you and your colleagues talking about teaching, discussing what worked, what didn’t, how you could tweak it, refine it, change it!
- If you are a solo member of staff, the joys of twitter, MAT, other local departments, facebook pages, google drives etc, means you can reduce your workload too! (I urge you if you are a one man band really look into joint planning with other schools!
- You don’t have to wait for a HOD to initiate, if there are more of you within a department just organise it amongst yourself!