Truth: I used to spend hours and hours lesson planning at home every night. Finally, I told myself, “No more!” I knew in the near future I wanted to start a family and that the hours and hours I was spending each week on plans would not be possible – or healthy – for a balanced life. So, I devised an organizational “system” that worked for me.
(Disclosure: This may or may not work for you, since everyone’s school is different and planning time varies across school districts. I get 40 minutes of uninterrupted planning time four days a week – Tuesdays are set aside for data meetings. I also get 20 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after school when I am not assigned to bus duty. Making the most of every minute at school allows me to better spend my time at home for my family, friends, and “me” time. Feel free to use the following tips & tricks as a guide and a foundation for setting your own weekly schedule. My hope is that it gives some manageable ideas on ways create a schedule that you can stick with throughout your planning time and school hours.)
My Weekly Lesson Planning “Schedule”
MONDAY: GATHERING DAY
*Reading passages we will be using for our small groups.
TUESDAY: COPY DAY
Tuesday is copying day. (Cue depressing music.) I take my pile of printable assessments, and activities that I had gathered on Monday, and I spend some quality time with my BFF, “The Copier.” I copy all of my materials for the following week. Why do I make copies so early in the week? I like to do this EARLY because then I’m not fighting for the copier on Thursday and Friday when everyone else is making their copies for the following week. It also doesn’t leave me panicking when the machine jams up, breaks, or looks a little like this: