As the last 20 or so days of the summer (school not regular people’s calender) come to a close, I’ve already begun to go into out with the old and in with the new mode of thinking. I’ve just printed my lesson plans for 2013/2014… Class notes have also been completed for next year – all in Microsoft word format. I had planned to take it easy this summer, and for the most part, I am doing just that. I’ve prepared two major things for next year, lesson plans and class notes. That being said, there are obvious pros as well as some not so obvious cons.
First and foremost, I have a plan as to where I want the students to go according to each quarter. Another pro, I have more time to focus on direct instruction as well as adjustments/enrichment/remediation instead of planning day to day or week to week. The last major pro, and perhaps the best reason that I planned the entire year out ahead of time, it lets me enjoy the students w/o worrying about creating lesson plans under the pressure of grading, other responsibilities, and just day to day life outside of teaching.
There is a con to this mode of thinking, what if my plans aren’t working, engaging, or students aren’t learning what they need to according to the new standards. That all could happen, but starting from scratch would be a lot more time consuming than adjusting. I’ve had a pretty good formula for the past two years, so I’m not too worried about the previously mentioned. That being said, I do know that I have plenty of room for growth. However, growth occurs best when not under pressure 😉
Looking forward to an excellent 2013/2014 school year…