It’s back to school time!
Bulletin boards! Meet the Teacher Night! Class Lists! Labelling! Laminating!
And on top of it all, they throw a few new curricula at you! Yikes!
I have been there. I have been teaching for eight years and not a single year has gone by without at least one new curriculum or program added. That is a lot to handle, especially when you oftentimes get handed the books just days before you’re supposed to teach them.
To help us handle the overload of different curricula that we needed to teach, my team developed this Scope and Sequence Planning Chart. It’s a basic excel document, but it will save you so much trouble!
Why you need it:
-With big teams of teachers (mine was five teachers per grade!), it is imperative that we all stay on the same page, teaching the same units at the same time.
-With several curriculum per unit of study (two language arts, two math, one social studies, etc), it can get very easy to get behind.
-Starting with a laid out plan will save you from getting to May and realizing you haven’t taught a unit yet! Yikes!
-With a plan in mind, you can work the units around the quarters (or trimesters), school breaks, testing windows, and school events.
-It will make you look super organized to both administrators and parents of students.
Here’s what you do:
-Download this planning chart for your team.
-Set a planning meeting with your whole team. This will take at least an hour.
-Set the basic parameters of the planning chart, editing in Excel. Add in your notes, trimesters or quarter breaks, and your curriculum titles at the top.
-With your team, physically collect and lay out all the curriculum you will be expected to teach this year.
-Decide as a team what units you will aim to complete each week, month, and quarter.
-Print and save! Stay on track all year!
Check out this and many other useful resources at my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Miz Riz Kindergarten Resources!