First-year teachers shouldn’t be writing lesson plans from scratch, writes EdWahoo, a first-year Teach for America teacher working with fourth graders in Arizona.
Teachers have been teaching multiplication for decades upon decades, some of them quite well. Surely, I can be handed a template for teaching multiplication that is battle-tested, instead of my ad hoc, I-hope-this-works system.
Online data banks with lesson plans — and a rating system to indicate which plans work — would help new teachers, writes EdWahoo.
Alternatively, recruit a small group of top educators — 10 or 15 from each grade/secondary subject — and cull their lessons and start from there.
I think the second idea makes more sense, since master teachers will be able to point to evidence of their effectiveness. A commenter suggests Teach for America develop such a site.