Two years ago, as a brand new teacher, I was presented with the challenge of teaching a class with little to no information or lesson plans available to assist me. This was very surprising to me. I was shocked at how little guidance was available to a new teacher in respect to actual “stuff” that allowed the teacher to convey the required standards to the students. That is the one thing I would change about CTE, multiple lesson plan options for every part of each unit within a concentration area.
My background in professional training tells me an organization is only as good as its newest employee. These new associates will most certainly be your weakest link and there should be a program in place for the newest people on your team to follow; a blueprint for success if you will. This plan would allow a “newbie” to have a trainer with them at all times in the early portion of their new career.
This plan should have a vast amount of information to pull from as far as available lessons and techniques. For instance, if every Marketing teacher from around the state were to provide the lessons plans and activities they use for each class you would have literally dozens of options to present to a brand new teacher in need of direction. These lesson plans and activities could then be performed by the new teacher in order to get them acquainted and comfortable with the material. Eventually, as all teachers do, the plans could be tweaked or replaced based on the specific need of the teacher. In addition to getting the new teachers off to a good start, this type of plan would free up a tremendous amount of much needed time new teachers currently use to ……… wait for it …… lesson plan! Imagine how much easier your first year would have been if you had to spend minimal time on the actual building of lesson plans and more time in learning the material and perfecting your delivery.