When I started teaching kindergarten, I was a long-term sub job that lasted over 1/2 the year. She did her plans in a plan book, so I just used her system. I was always confused and found that I was in over my head (I had 31 kinders and an aide for 2 hours of the day in a full-day program). This was before readers and writers workshop, and anything that wasn't play-based. I mostly organized the day's materials. Sad, but I learned as I went along.
When I was hired for a kindergarten position, I made it my mission to learn EVERY benchmark and expectation for my littles. I integrated the standards into my lesson plans, which were incredibly detailed. This was the most amazing learning experience. That practice got me on the report card committee as a first year teacher (again- a great learning time for me). I still wrote them in a plan book, but transferred them to digital after. I did some long range planning in the book. I used a table format in Word. This allowed me to keep many of the things that we did each day, at the same time, the same. I was also able to cut and paste the benchmarks. I would highlight them on the original state document in order to make sure that all were met. It looked like this:
By my second year, I stopped using the paper planner. My principal appreciated reading the standards, but after my first few years.... we both stopped :)
When I switched to first grade, I pulled out the standards again for the first few months..... then stopped because there were so many in one week that it was more than 1/2 of my plans. I was also the only one who did this. It was time that I trusted myself and my attention to the goals for my class. Keep in mind that I was using Lucy Calkins for writing and had a set plan for reading from our ISD, along with a new math program- no need to write it out in detail. My plans changed to this last year:
Here is my Condren Planner for next year:
|I need to get on that daily planning! School starts September 2nd!|
|LOVE the plastic insert pages for the necessities of planning. The pouch is perfect for tiny notes and receipts!|
I'm coming full circle. With confidence and knowledge comes the ability to simplify and focus on what matters most at work- actually TEACHING.
Seriously fabulous, right? As a thank you, they even send it with a $10 off coupon- which I used to buy my Life Planner for this year. If you are interested in Erin Condren designs, check it out HERE.
*This post was not sponsored in ANY way. All opinions are my own.