At UM, we’re looking at the student teaching handbook for school librarians and making revisions for Fall 2010. One question that has come up is whether elaborate lesson plans should be required of school librarians. There’s been some pushback both from experienced librarians and from the students themselves.
I admit that I’m an informal planner — our collaborative lessons are often constructed during email exchanges or quick hallway conversations. Our district does not require structured or formal written lesson plans except for evaluation visits.
How important was lesson planning in your student teaching experience? What lesson planning method did you use?