The Best-Laid Plans

It’s true, the best laid plans of mice and teachers often go awry.  But in teaching, shoddy plans darn well guarantee disaster.  The end of the year comes, and there is so much left to do and so little time to do it!  New teachers, especially, trust me: you do not want to be that teacher who is frantically trying to fit two science units, a math unit, and, you know, the Pilgrims into the last three weeks of school.

In each of my 180 school days, I have about 4 hours of real instructional time.  That’s it.  It’s about 80% of what I think we really need.  But it’s what I’ve got.  So how do I get the most out of it?

My strategy is to plan at three levels: the curriculum plan for the whole year, long-range plans for every six weeks, and weekly lesson plans. Continue reading