Curriculum maps. Lesson plans. Pacing Guides. I don't care what you call them, but they should help improve your instruction year over year.
We're educators. Our goal is to make students smarter/better/faster/stronger than they were the year before. So why aren't WE trying to improve every year?
Maybe you are.
Or maybe it's just getting easier cause you know your curriculum better.
Or maybe the way you set up your "lesson plan" isn't conducive to improving your instruction.
Tyler, I can see you're getting at something so just say it!
Okay, chill. Here's what I've got:
- Put your entire year in one document/spreadsheet.
- Break it up into 18 weeks (one semester) or 36 weeks (full school year).
- Place all of your standards, presentations, assignments, links, videos, etc. into that one doc/sheet as you're doing it throughout the year.
- Then the next year, just pull from this "hub" of resources and either use, change, delete, or add to this database!!
If you do this in Google Sheets or Docs (which you should), then you can just share it with your supervisor(s) so they can look at it at any time! No more emails!! Well, for that. I'm sure you'll still get your fair share of emails. ;)
Utilize. The. Reflections.
Seriously. Recap your day for 5 minutes after that day of teaching and you're essentially giving yourself notes to read in the future. It's like having the ULTIMATE co-teacher...yourself! In the future, you can get notes on a lesson - what worked, what didn't - from yourself!
If you're in a hurry and can't recap your whole day with all your resources, just highlight them real quick.
- Green - that resource/material/assessment was GOOD!
- Yellow - meh, it could be better
- Red - not good! Find a replacement!!
Here's an example of what that little guy could look like: