Michigan to post lesson plans online
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jul 03, 2000
Under a new Michigan program, lesson plans from the state's best teachers
will be posted online, providing practical support to help teachers meet
state education guidelines.
The state is recruiting teachers to submit a resume, cover letter and two
lesson plans for evaluation. The state will choose 48 teachers — one for
each subject (math, social studies, science and English) in each of the
grade levels (K-12) — who will attend a two-day orientation and training
session in August.
They will then submit up to 100 lesson plans during the next school
year. For each lesson plan accepted, they will be paid $100. Those lesson
plans will be posted on a Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education World
Wide Web site for the 2001 school year. The site address has not yet been
The goal is to provide a practical method for meeting state curriculum
standards for inexperienced and substitute teachers, as well as elementary
teachers and others, said Stephanie Van Koevering, special assistant to
the state treasurer, who is working on the program.
"We're looking for really good, outstanding teachers who are able to
get these concepts across and submit their lesson plans so others can learn
from them," she said. "We also need to start leveraging out teachers by
providing them with more information on a daily basis," she said.
Once the site is available, teachers will be able to log on and access
a year-by-year curriculum guide for the four subjects as well as daily lesson
plans, including classroom activities, homework assignments and assessments.
The plans are meant for guidance and are not mandatory.
All plans will use the content standards set by the Michigan Educational
Assessment Program. The program tests students at the end of high school
to determine how well they meet state curriculum standards.