I may have said this before and I will probably say it again but… teaching is one of the hardest jobs. But there is one thing that can help make it easier and that is being organised! Well at least it does for me any way.
Last year, was one of my hardest years as a teacher and without going into too much detail now part of why I struggled last year was because I was never organised and I always felt like I was chasing my tail. No matter what I did I always felt like I was unorganised and my lessons failed because of it (whether they did or they didn’t, I just felt like they did).
So one of my goals this year was to be better organised at home and at work.
In my summer break I planned and programmed for my new class for two weeks in advance. Although, first term is just getting the kids use to routine/ expectations, I still programmed for it. Once I was into the second week of my plan, I then began planning for the week ahead.
Here are things that I usually go through either on a Wednesday afternoon or Thursday afternoon to get myself organised for the week ahead.
- Flipping through the program –
First things first, shifting through my program! If your school is anything like mine, my program is stuffed with all the necessary paperwork before my actual lessons are anywhere to be found.
- Day book –
Once I’ve shifted through my program and found what I wanted, I write it all down in my daybook.
Things that are highlighted are a new concept that I have to teach or require some additional resources.
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- LISTS, LISTS, LISTS!
After my activities are planned out, I start writing things down into a list format. I categorise things into different sections i.e. games, printables, posters, books etc… Anything that I need to do, would go onto the list.
- PRINT ME!
Last thing I do is organise my printing into two sections. Things I need to print off my computer would be saved on to a USB, then worksheets I need printed I would organise into my manila printing folder. Then I would either print everything myself or hand over my printing folder to our great fantastic office lady that happily prints things for all teachers on Fridays.
It might seem like a lot of work but it really isn’t. I’m finding I’m much more organised planning this way and I have more of a focus of what I am going to teach for the week ahead. Although my planning process does take sometime, but once I sit down to plan and my head is in the game, everything happens easily and quickly and I’m not wasting time on my weekend to do things. I’m actually getting a weekend!!! Also, Im not running around Monday morning trying to photocopy things that I need for the week ahead!
There you have it. This is usually how I plan out my teaching week.
I’m really interested to know how other teachers plan, so if you do things differently or the even the same as me, let me know in the comment section below!