Full Year Planning
This is a level of planning I (unfortunately) didn't really think about my first year. I was too busy surviving day to day that I overlooked how the flow of the year needed to go. Several of my classes ended up falling behind because I was spending too much time in some units, dragging things out that could have been much more succinct. I was too busy looking at the leaves to notice there was a forest.
Whether your school has semesters, quarters, or marking periods, it's important to know the scope of the entire year for each level you teach. Figure out how many units you have to do per marking period, then break that down into how many days that gives you. Try to figure out when each unit will start and end - this will keep you from getting behind.
This is an example of what my quarterly planning looks like. I've already figured out what units I'll be covering and everything in pencil shows when I hope to start covering a new topic, whether it be review, new vocabulary or new grammar.
|German 2: Quarter 1 Plan for 2013-2014|
|German 2: Quarter 1 Plan for 2012-2013|
Here's a Blank Quarterly Calendar for 2013-2014. Since school years can vary and not all schools divide their year by quarters, you may have to make changes to tailor it to your school year.
|Have a separate folder for each topic you teach|
|Keep all of your notes and activities in a folder|
|German 2: First Two Weeks in Detail|
|German 4: First Two Weeks in Detail (note the comments!)|
Here's a Blank Planning Calendar for 2013-2014. As above, it's specific to the school calendar used by my school system, but can easily be modified to fit your needs. If you're looking for a similar organizer but with a smaller time frame, here's a Blank Two-Week Planning Template.
I teach five classes a day, all of them different. I would NOT be able to keep track of which class is doing what, in what order the activities are supposed to go, what the homework is, what pages we're reading, etc. if I didn't write it all down. Before each day, I write out what I plan to do in each class. Simple little summaries that can be as short as "Mention quiz next Tuesday" or "Drill: Identify (pictures)." Basically the same information from the planning sheet above, but with each class represented on the same page.
|Here's my daily plan for the first day of school|
Here's a Blank Daily Planning Template. I basically just make a bunch of copies of this at the beginning of the school year and go through
Hopefully this will help keep you organized and planned this upcoming school year!
- Frau Leonard