UPDATE as of 7/29/2020: I received a 40/40 on both lesson plans for 700.4 and 700.5 . As for 700.3, I received 39/40 with this feedback: “This feedback is the same as on the other rubric – revisit Focus Activities. The wording can be misleading – “Focus Activity” doesn’t mean the “focus” of the entire lesson – it’s more so how to gain students’ focus with some sort of warm-up activity before the actual lesson.”
Welp, honestly…if it were a person I could argue with in person I would. I definitely did include said warm-ups and attention-getting activity in both plans. This was my final step to be able to apply for my SOE, so I’m not going to be petty and protest or re-submit.
Anyway, I hope this helps the next person!
I’ve noticed some questions about how to write a lesson plan and how to do the projects for Texas Teacher’s of Tomorrow in order to get the best score. Here’s what I did:
1: Download each rubric. You will be using the same lesson plans for 700.3, 700.4, and 700.5
2: I used each rubric to build my lesson plans to ensure that each expectation was met. I also copied and pasted the sample text so that I would have the same formatting, even though my lessons were different.
3: I incorporated classroom teaching techneches, orginization, and management styles that I saw while watching Field Based Experience videos. For example, I liked the flipped classroom, workshop, and cold-calling using popsicle sticks so I tried to implement activitites that showed various things.
4: I pretended. I made sure to image a class of students that included diversity and ELL and IEP/504 student’s needs. This meant that I considered the lesson as if it were really for those kids that has special modifications and accomodations in a realistic setting.
5: I submitted my completed lesson plans thee times. That’s right. Instead of waiting to get back 700.3 to do the next one, I just worked my behind off the first time to meet ALL the rubric objectives of each project.
I want to share what I did as a resource for other teachers who are going through this program. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me by dropping a comment. Who knows, someone else may hve the same question!
So clearly, my goal is to teach Secondary English. However, I do feel like the format shows what is expected in these lesson plan projects. If you are open to sharing I’d also love to see some plans for different subjects.
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