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Just completed my 33-page, 4-lesson unit plan---assuming I can find paper and get it to print. The professor is a real pain on formatting, so I can't afford to transfer it to a school computer and print it there, lest something change in the middle; if the margins are even slightly less than 1 inch, if the space between the lines changes to be less than 1.5, or if the font style, size, or settings change, I could lose 20% of the grade automatically.

Fortunately, I seem to have gotten everything in place for now.

Writing a full unit plan like this is definitely good practice for lesson planning, but I'm doubtful that I'll ever produce something like this for my own use in the future. Yes, for my portfolio, when I'm being observed, or for a substitute, but not for myself. I'm glad I know how to do it right, and I don't begrudge the teacher the assignment here, but a big part of being a successful and effective teacher is the ability to modify and adjust on the fly. The point of learning how to produce these plans is pretty much to simply ensure that you CAN each individual part of it, since you might have to use those skills to make partial plans in the future---but the amount of time it requires to craft them with this level of detail would be prohibitive during a schoolyear.

I do think I could see myself making a few up each summer/break in order to have them on hand for future reference, for just the same reason that I might look some up online or borrow them from other teachers: they can be useful, sometimes. You just shouldn't make yourself beholden to every detail, lest you wind up teaching yourself into a corner, so to speak.

Blessed be,
~Nathan

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