Get Planning {Lauren from Mrs. Thompson's Treasures}


I love new beginnings and fresh starts, so I have really enjoyed reading everyone's ideas for getting organized and being creative! Today we are kicking off the last part of our link up called, "Get Planning."

Here are a few tips that have really helped me in the planning process!

 
 
SMART Goals

It seems so simple, but it can really be helpful before you start planning to clarify exactly what your goals are. As the old saying goes, if you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time.  Smart goals are:

S=specific
M=measureable
A=attainable
R=relevant
T=time bound

 

 Work Backwards
 
Starting from the end and working backwards can be an effective way to plan. After you have set your goals, you can look at the time you have and space out your plans accordingly. This is a great way to make sure you aren't cramming at the end of the year to teach concepts you never got to. So, with the end goals in mind, start by planning things you want to do each month, then break it down further into weekly.

Plan for the Unexpected

Having a "sub tub" of activities for a day when you have to leave unexpectedly or need to be absent is such a brilliant idea! Again, it seems so simple, but I remember when I was in the classroom, teachers who were sick would come in early to prep stuff for a sub that day. Not fun! Get a few days worth of activities ready, along with notes about the schedule etc. that you would want a substitute to have, and if you need to call in sick, no worries! Even if the activities are not things that are on your lesson plans for that week, a day or two off the lesson plans is worth the peace of mind knowing that you are prepared and don't have to drive up to your school early in the morning to get activities ready or ask other teachers to pull something together for you!

Since I homeschool and don't have substitutes, here is a picture of one from Amy Lemons at Step into 2nd Grade! Be sure to include fun, engaging activities that are pretty self-explanatory and can be completed independently. Also be sure to have the schedule, class list, and any other important info about the day!

 
 
We'd love to hear more planning tips from you. Link up with your own blog post!


 

2 comments:

  1. I have half of a sub tub right now! I really need to get it organized ASAP! Thanks for the reminder! :)
    Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom

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  2. I have half of a sub tub right now! I really need to get it organized ASAP! Thanks for the reminder! :)
    Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom

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