Day and Week Planning
Teachers develop Dayplans and Weekplans are to guide learning and to keep track of the schedule on a short term basis. They are fluid documents that are revised as you teach. They are kept organized and understandable but are definitely ‘works in process’ that get a bit ‘marked up’!
Initially in practicum, you will likely keep a week plan with detailed lesson plans to support each teaching opportunity. The week plan may be your School Advisor’s (SA’s) plan. Over time, you will take on this responsibility and begin to develop your own Week and Day plans in consultation with your advisors. Your day plans will likely be more detailed than those of your more experienced SA. More akin to what your SA would leave for a TOC (Teacher on Call)
Here are some examples as potential starting points:
Dayplans – You will likely create a template for each day of the week with some basic information in it already (so you don’t have to rewrite this each day):
- LST or other ‘scheduled’ non-enrolling teacher support (pull-out or work in class)
- Lunch routine? Attendance?
- Daily routines such as spelling with brief description.
- Lesson brief – if a fully prep’d lesson plan is attached, simply note this “See attached Lesson #”
- If no lesson plan, the brief should include learning intentions, notes about assessment, adaptations, materials, brief sequence or description that supports teaching.
Any shift from lesson planning to dayplanning needs to be considered carefully. Constantly revisit how your teaching is going. If further detail is needed – include it! If you are beginning a new unit or teaching something that is more complex or difficult for you, complete a lesson plan. Be proactive in your planning. MORE is better as it will help you internalize the whole process.
Consider including the following in your Daybook (follow advice and guidelines from your FA and SA)
- a Practicum/School Calendar,
- 10 week Overview of Teaching,
- hard copies of all Unit plans,
- all Lesson plans (recommend organizing them week by week and adding to them as weeks progress)
- Week at a glance schedule (sent to FA weekly on Fridays for the following week)
- emergency preparedness plans/map,
- seating plan,
- Class list
- Dayplans (when appropriate – after midpoint for sure)
The daybook stays at the school.
The daybook should be organized in such a way that a TOC can find what they need easily.
Leave it open at your workspace to the current day/lesson/plan; have needed resources with it in an organized way (i.e. daily folder with any worksheets etc)
The daybook should be separate from your organized assessment system which may go home with you and return to school each day.