Throwback Thursday Linky!

I am super excited to dig into by blog archives, so I can link up with The First Grade Parade for:
A lot of us have just started our summer break and we are already getting ready for the next school year! Insert picture of me raising my hand and jumping up and down-that is me!!!!  I thought I would revisit a blog post from last summer about how I plan and organize myself. I know a bunch of you have your Erin Corden planners. I just can't bring myself to get sucked into it. I think I need to touch one and feel one before I take the plunge. 

Here is my oldie but goodie planning post from 8-12-12.

 I love to plan and planning is what I do well. I am always thinking ahead to the next thing. Planning during the school year is a complicated task though. There are so many variables that get into the way: assemblies, music, art, computer lab, P.E etc. I think it is important to be flexible but the most important thing is to have a solid road map to take you on the journey. Here are a few ways that I plan during the school year.

1. My Team Partner:
My team partner and I are like peas and carrots (Forrest Gump reference here!!). We bounce all our ideas off one another. Once a week we sit down and physically plan out our following week. We check in with one another to see how the kids are responding to the lessons, if we are meeting all our goals and discuss any changes we need to make. 

2. District Pacing Plans and Guidelines 
My day to day lesson plans are guided around our district pacing plan. It provides a framework to work from and helps me make sure I am teaching all the necessary standards. What is also great about it, is that I can check off the standards as I teach and assess them to make sure I have covered all of them. This summer, I created a grade level check list of all the Common Core Standards for ELA and Math. Since common core is new, I want to make sure I am teaching all of them. The pictures show how I am using the checklist in my lesson plan book and an example of one of the ELA checklist pages. I have created them for kindergarten through fifth grade. You can grab your grade level checklist HERE.

3. Lesson Plan Book
This is my go-to resource! In this binder I keep my monthly calendars, daily lesson plans and my Common Core Checklists. It is everything I need to plan, all in one place!

On my monthly calendar, I write in important assessment dates and any events that may interfere with our "regular" schedule so that I can adjust my lesson planning. 

I also have a detailed lesson plan for each day. I have completely changed how I view my lesson plans this year. Before now, I always hand wrote in my weekly plans in a planner I found at a local teacher store. Don't ask why...I just don't think I knew any better. I decided that this year I was going to make my own template and type them out. I saw so many ideas and versions on Pinterest and other blogs and this is what I came up with.

The biggest change for me, is that my daily lesson plans are on one sheet of paper, instead of all 5 days on 2 pages. I have planned out the first two weeks of school and so far I like the way it is working. I can add lots of details and still have room to write in last minute changes and ideas. 

That's it in the planning department for now. I hope all of you are having a great start to your planning and getting organized for this school year! 

Head on over and link up to share one of your oldie but goodie blog posts. I can't wait to see what everyone writes about!


  1. Hi, Jamie- Thanks for the sweet comment! I'm excited to be a part of your giveaway. :) I'm a new follower on your blog. It looks like you have many wonderful ideas and resources to share! I'm happy to have discovered it! Best of luck with your giveaway!

    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jessica! I am thrilled you will be joining in our giveaway fun!