Oh planning, some of us love it, some of us loathe it. I used to love planning for school. I still do but since having Lara I don’t have quite so much time on my hands! Life is SO busy with a baby, I am kind of worried about working full time again! I mean where will the time come from to correct, assess, plan, research, create etc etc? Teaching is time consuming, life is busy and so I need some time saving hacks!

 

  1. Just sit down and GET IT DONE. Set a timer for each plan or each copy and just work quickly and efficiently!
  2. I plan to work through small break until I figure out how to manage my time when I get back to school. I did this sometimes last year and I got a surprising amount done in those ten minutes. I would always have my tea and snack bar too though don’t worry!
  3. Delegate! If you have an SNA ask for their help in putting up a display and so on.
  4. Use your time wisely. If you are staying back after school use the time to research lessons or to correct work, don’t waste it making your bulletin boards look pretty. Not that that’s not important, it is. But if you are on a time limit it may not be the most efficient use of time.
  5. Have systems in place! It takes a while to organise but makes life so much easier in the long run. A time and place for everything is so important. I find sorting topics by month works best for me.
  6. Don’t go overboard on written work. Children shouldn’t be writing all day, and remember if they write it you must correct it.
  7. Research your lessons wisely. If you are learning about polar bears and you found the perfect art lesson online, then just use it. You don’t need to pin ten types of polar bear art for one lesson.
  8. Work with purpose. No social media, no distractions, just you and your imagination and your planning template and voila! Lesson plans done!
  9. Don’t worry about having the most decorated classroom in the school. Recent studies suggest that too many decorations and displays distract children from their learning.
  10. Stay on top of assessments if at all possible.
  11. Write down EVERYTHING on your to do list. The satisfaction when you tick them off is second to none!

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