My department head checks and signs our lesson plans every Monday morning. The principals check with her to see who has turned in plans. There is no certain way we have to write the plans but the Standards of Learning for our state must be written in our plans. I write detailed plans because I never know when I may need to be out of the room for an emergency and another teacher or instructional assistant must cover my class. I teach special education. I use the format the learner will with the actual percentage, grade, etc. I want the student to achieve. It helps with documentation of IEP objectives and lets me know what students have mastered or need to work on. I happen not to use our school issued lesson plan book. There just not enough space. I created a template using a word processing program and I type my plans. It just works for me. At the end of the year for our evaluation we must turn in all our plans for the year for the principal to check. We also must have our daily objectives listed in our rooms.