I am so stoked.
I am also terrified. Planning for at least thirteen (13!!) different levels of Art a week is stressful. Additionally, a schedule so tight only allows for three-five minutes of time for switching out materials and prepping for the next class. Eeek. Prior to leaving the private school five years ago (and in some alternate universe wherein I was apparently much more on top of things than I usually am), I took all of my K-5 lessons and typed them up. In addition to saving the files digitally, I also printed them all out and organized them in a binder. . . With a table of contents.
Sometimes, my neuroses impress even me.
|Seriously paid it forward (to myself!) with that binder!!|
While all of that organization is well and good, it isn't as if the lessons are ordered in a sequence that makes the most sense for teaching. And, even if they were, I'd probably still want to change it and/or incorporate new stuff. As a visual, control-freak, style of person, I realized I needed an organizer that would be able to give me a "Cliff's Notes" style of planning. As a bonus, such a planner would enable visitors to my room to see the ways in which I am helping students build on previously learned skills.
Here were my requirements:
-have two sets of grade levels: K-5th and 6th-high school
-be able to see all grades per set at one time
-be able to view at least 6 weeks of lessons at one time
-be able to plan thematically/according to a unit
-be able to plan in such a way that most grade levels would be using similar materials (this would help with that 3-5 minute class change/prep time issue)
-be able list lesson title and media used
-be able to print the document and use pencil (I love digital, but for planning I'm all about the analog)
|Ahh! Being able to see 6 weeks at a glance! Yiss!!|
Here is where you greatly benefit: I'm sharing my planners with you!
K-5th grade planner
6th-high school planner
Middle school only planner