Classroom Planning Toolkits
Planning time equals quality time.
So, Classroom Toolkit’s planning resources streamline the time you invest in
your classroom teaching.
Time spent in planning pays back more time than teachers invest, the payback multiplies.
This makes planning time more “profitable” than money markets or mutual funds.
Don’t believe that you enjoy enough free time to plan. Believe the reverse…planning manufactures
and delivers free time.
Teachers that fail to plan remain trapped in a “gather enough activities for tomorrow” hamster-wheel” cycle.
Project management is one of the most important areas for reducing teacher stress and work overload.
Teachers need to know the Scope of Work they must perform, and
communicate how unreasonable the expectations teachers face.
The recent push for teachers to individualize instruction based upon “High-Stakes Test Objectives” creates a “Labors of Hercules” level of difficulty.
In addition, focusing on individual test objectives remains contrary to learning theory, contrary to how children learn, and contrary to common sense.
The use of thematic units, student-based projects, higher-order questioning, and the stimulation of Multiple Intelligences represent a sane and workable strategy for classroom instruction and management.
Internet Search Engines can find 146 million lesson plans.
The quality varies…as does suitability for the classes you teach.
But access to millions of lesson plans does not save time.
Finding a plan for your specific subject and content needs, for the appropriate grade or ability level, that uses the materials and equipment that you have available…
- Takes more time than it takes to create the lesson plans yourself
- Or, it is easier to just follow along with suggestions from the Teachers Edition of the textbook
Classroom Toolkit offers different lesson plans.
- You can use, then re-use the same modules
- Your colleagues, working on the same units, can share work so you don’t work on your own
Scheduling: more than posting an activity list for the week.
Scheduling requires more than mapping a list of the high-stakes
tests’ objectives to each day’s activities…then camping at the photocopy machine to print drill-and-practice classroom sets…until your copy allotment for the month runs out.
Scheduling also means connecting prerequisite learning tasks with tasks that follow up.
Scheduling means planning for the year and mapping strategies.
Clasroom Toolkit offers scheduling tools help.
Again, finding other teachers who to share work makes your job easier.
Mapping your schedule for the year remains the most important step that you can take to save time all year.
Although decreased stress (from planning) minimizes your need for “Mental Health” days off, you may need to be away from your classroom from time to time.
If you needed to drive to school while battered by the symptoms of pneumonia or the flu (that you developed the night before) because you didn’t leave current lesson plans; then you know the practical benefits of building and maintaining a Substitute Folder with alternate (generic) lesson plans.
Classroom Toolkit offers suggestions for building a Substitute Folder. We also
share suggestions for emergency delivery of these plans through E-mail or Web site postings.