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Teachers may be given less latitude on lessons

December 17, 1997

Teachers may be given less latitude on lessons

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

Should a teacher be allowed to veer from a lesson plan if the instructor believes there is something better to offer?

Under a plan passed by the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday, teachers will have less latitude in deviating from their lessons.

Under the plan, teachers will be required to include certain objectives in their lessons, according to Frank Finan, director of curriculum and staff development.

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The required areas of study would cover "essential curriculum," which is designed to help students prepare for the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, according to Finan.

The plan is part of the process of addressing problems identified in a recent curriculum audit.

The audit, released in September, said curriculum guides for teachers varied in quality, which hurt lesson planning, and effective teaching practices "varied considerably" between schools.

"This is key in our education of students," said Board of Education Vice President B. Marie Byers.

Superintendent of Schools Herman G. Bartlett Jr. said a principal told him during a recent meeting about a teacher who decided to put aside the essential curriculum for a day in favor of something the instructor thought was more interesting.

Bartlett said he wants teachers to stick to the essential curriculum.

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