Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Finding Some Focus...

I am finally getting down to the business of planning for next school year. I was going to start on some of the more creative things, but I need more of the practical stuff first. (Darn!)

My biggest worries when it comes to planning for the school year is the knowledge that though I may plan out a year for kinder that may not be where I end up ( I have not heard from the powers that be). I have decided to think positively and plan my year for kinder so that I can finally feel prepared before I start the school year. Each year I tend to plan on a weekly basis which is not the best way to do it. I lost so many opportunities due to lack of planning that I wanted to make sure that it doesn't happen again this year.

The hardest subject to plan for right now is reading. All of my HM Reading materials are at work so I am going to be working off of my lesson plans from this past year and adding and subtracting things that worked or didn't work this year (which will be difficult without the actual books :/ ). I don't really like this series. It doesn't cover the material they really want us to cover but that is what the pacing guide (and my district) tell me to use. Sigh......

Math isn't favorite subject right now either just because the math book we use (GO Math!) doesn't really cover everything that should be taught either (which is why I have been spending so much time online looking for different add-ons to cover necessary material).

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  1. I'm a new follower!! Just found your blog YAY!!!! I hope you'll check out my blog sometime:)

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  2. Planning ahead is so tough. Especially when there are other things I'd rather be doing...like something probably not as important. My school district has encouraged us to move away from the textbook, yet give us all kinds of materials from the series (especially in math, who really needs ALL of those manipulatives!?!).

    I just found your blog, I'm a new follower! :)

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    1. Oh my goodness yes!!! We never seem to have the time to use them all and they can make such a huge mess. Checked out your blog and am now following you too! You have some really great ideas! Definitely helping me think of some things I would like to try this year.


- Vicky