Every year I like to spend some time during the summer mapping out what my year will look like. I feel every year that I get further away from my basal text, and add more and more resources that truly fit the Common Core standards. All through out the school year I learn about new TPT sellers, and fantastic resources that I want to include in my curriculum! I take the summer time to weed through all of the information. I decide what worked for me last year. What I need to get rid of. And what new resources I would like to incorporate into my curriculum.
I am happy to say that I have finished my curriculum plan for next year and we are still in July!!!! It might be the end of July, but that's still deserving of an extra glass of wine tonight, as I watch the bachelorette finale, don't you think?!?!?
My curriculum planning guide is a popular resource in my TPT shop. It is a simple power point form that helps you plan out each week. I really feel like it helps me to align my resources by theme, so that the students are absorbing as much cross curricular knowledge as they can.
I got a little crazy with all of the separate subjects this year, and made a million split cells on mine. I really wanted to plan out every little single part of the curriculum. Last year I found that by doing that, it cut my lesson planning time in half! When you have that broad overview, and know what resources you are going to use, it makes planning a breeze!
I'm not going to lie, creating all those extra boxes was a bit of a pain, especially when trying to keep it in printing ranges. The month of February and I got into an argument about what was possible in a print range, and I'm pretty sure that February won.
When I was a first year teacher (in a school that only has one teacher per grade), I really just wanted someone to tell me how they did it! What was a year supposed to look like? What topics was I supposed to teach at what time? How long was I supposed to teach a particular topic? I had no clue! I don't have all of the answers now, but going into my 8th year I have a lot more than when I started. I am posting my year long plan here for teachers who need that help getting started, and for those veteran teachers, who just like to compare notes! : )
I included a list of resources at the end, with links to all the products, if you are interested in checking out what I use to piece my curriculum together.
I hope this is useful information for you as you plan out your next school year! If you would like a free copy of my year plan, just click the pictures above!