Its funny, I always thought of myself as a paper and pen kinda girl when it came to sketching out my plans but I am finding out that I am not. I can't copy and paste things to easily move them. It is more of a scratch it out and make it look ugly deal. As I get tired my writing gets bigger - that never happens when I type! I forgot something oh lets add that to the margin as I ran out of space.
So I finally gave up and decided this was NOT the way to do it! I will have to do it another way.
When planning, you have to be aware of:
- Your goals and/or objectives
- Your favorite ideas
- Your teaching style
- Your state's objectives and/or standards
- Your district's objectives and/or standards
- Your school's objectives and/or standards
I realized that for me
LEARNING IS A DANCE.
What do I mean by this?
I believe in mastering objectives not just passing a test.
I believe in teaching the whole child not just part of him/her.
I believe differentiated instruction and whole brain strategies are the key to success.
I believe that learning is and should be fun!
I believe in recess and specials!
Do you remember this part of the Grinch movie where the Grinch is sharing his hate/loathing remarks with all of the Whos below? Well this is how I feel when I am teaching a worksheet based curriculum.
I feel like I look like this somedays.
Teacher Manual in hand, directing students
to the next page in their workbook.
I AM BORED!
If I am bored so are my students!
I want to create things, explore, collaborate, and discover. I want to dig deep and get messy. I want to have less time with desks, pencils, worksheets and tests and more time in unique, learning environments that allow for creativity and critical thinking.
What this means is a lot more work for me.
I plan to use a combination of interactive notebooks, technology, games, centers, and projects. I want my children to think and wonder. Then I want the to explore and learn.
Always two steps forward one step back. Learn two items at this grade level, review one item from a past grade level. Learn two new items, review an old one. Two forward, one back, gently gliding across the curriculum... slowly growing, learning, mastering the topic and moving onto the next.
Slowly dancing along through the pages of a book, two steps forward one step back. Challenging those ahead with new information and catching up those lacking in a skill. So often we focus on what we must cover that we forget that there are holes in our students education that need to be filled so they can be successful.
One step back allows them to master the skill, two steps forward helps them to continue to grow.