Saturday, February 8, 2014

When Do You Plan?

Planning is critical in teaching. In order for a lesson to be successful it must be well thought out.  But, well thought out lessons take time. Lots of time. As an elementary teacher I plan lessons for reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and RtI. That's 6 separate lessons each day and that is not accounting for my differentiated lessons where I have at least three separate lessons in reading and math in order to meet all my students needs.

In the perfect world all my planning would be done during the planning time allotted during my day. However, I obviously don't live in the perfect world because I never seem to have time to plan during this time. I'm busy emailing parents, copying papers, grading work, or organizing materials for the next lessons. IF I'm lucky I can sneak in a bathroom break.

So Saturday is usually my planning day, when I don't have a gymnastics or swim meet for my own kiddos, then it's Sunday if I do. I usually start first thing in the morning and easily put in 4-5 hours getting planned for the following week. It seems like it has been this way forever.

But, I'm curious how other teachers get it done.
  1. Do you actually plan during your "planning time" at school? If so, how do you manage all the other "stuff"? 
  2. If you don't do it during "planning time", when DO you plan?
  3. How far in advance do you plan? One week? A month? Day-by-day?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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