Jessica from Mrs. Stanford’s Class is hosting a linky about planning. I am a PLANNER through and through. I started planning my daughter’s First Birthday when she was 6 months old. Once I have an idea or a concept, I am hooked and ready to work.
Planning for school is a little different, because I have to plan around SO many things… music, PE, holidays, Benchmark tests, pacing guides… all of these things make teaching an even more complicated dance.
The three things I use to help me plan are:
1) My Grade Level Team
This year will be a little bit different for me because I am at a new school and I will not have a combo class this year (phew!). Being at a new school means I have a new team to work with. I am a very collaborative teacher. I love to share work, bounce ideas off another teacher and partner up in order to better meet the needs of our students. I am hoping that my new team is a collaborative bunch, I have a feeling they will be because this team is pretty new, so I am sure that spirit of sharing will be there.
2) District Pacing Schedule
For the day to day planning, I plan my schedule around the many pacing plans our district gives us. I like pacing guides because they give me a framework to help me stay on track with which skills I need to focus on and then I can check standards off as I go and revisit them when needed.
I organize all of my Language Arts Units in binders. I am not sure how this will change with Common Core, but for now it works for me. I have my general outline and plans in the binder, and each year I revise them and make them fit more with my incoming class.
Well that is it. I hope you are all getting organized and ready for school. What better way to be ready for school than to SHOP the Back To School Sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers right now… Today is the FIRST day!!!
Get your shop on!