I have been MIA. It;s true. I've neglected my blogging duties. But, I have gotten so much done around the house. I've redone the master bathroom (thanks to amazing parents & a wonderful boyfriend), and I've managed to clean out and organize SOME of the things on my To-Do list. How is it that the more you clean, the more gets added to your list of things to do?! I would love someone to lock me in my house for like 2 weeks so I could get it just the way I like it ! :)
Anyway, we are off this whole week - YAY!!! - which has been great. Next year, we are back to a more traditional calendar, so no more week long breaks throughout the school year. I'm very sad about this, I have to tell you. I promise I'm a better teacher when you give me breaks! :)
I have been spending my time with the aforementioned home improvement, but I also made myself sit down and work on lesson plans....and RTI data charts....and paperwork....and paperwork...and, oh, did I mention paperwork??
Wouldn't it be nice to just teach?? :) Sorry, just a little vent there. Could be the pain from the paper cuts, or my eyes blurring from data points, but sometimes it just feels good to get that out there.
I admit, I really enjoy making lesson plans. There's something exciting about having a plan that (in my mind) will go seamlessly and make my kids really get it. Of course, then there's the reality of what really happens in a school day, but either way, I like lesson plans.
But, I got to thinking - what do YOUR lesson plans look like?? I have seen all kinds out there - some really short...some really long, and I am just curious what your school or district requires from you.
We have to follow the E.A.T.S format from Learning Focused Schools..
E - Essential Questions
A - Activator
T - Teaching Strategy
S - Summarizer
Some schools around me require their teachers to write upwards of NINE PAGES per week. Wow!! I just can't imagine.
I'm thankful that my administration gives us some leeway when it comes to our own plans. I mean, lesson plans are for US right?? I don't need 9 pages to remind me what to do! haha :) As long as they are thorough, include the proper format and the standards, we're good to go!
So, here are my plans for the upcoming week..not the most exciting content, but you'll get the idea..
In my reading plans, I make mention of the Follow the Yellow Brick Road strategy of summarizing/retelling a story. I got this from The First Grade Parade & can 't wait to use it with my firsties. Here is her anchor chart. L.O.V.E!
The bottom part of my plans are for Guided Reading... I just left off the heading. Whoops!
Anyway, I have no clue how to make a linky party, but I would love to see what y'all do with your plans.
If you have a post about yours or make one, please leave your link in the comments so everyone can see.
And, if you have any tips on the whole linky party thing, please share! :)
Hope you have a great (rest of the) week! I am working on a Problem of the Day pack for March, and can't wait to share with you. I'll post (hopefully) tomorrow, and the first five people to comment will get it for FREE :)