Wild card! I think is the best way to describe my planning process. Being that I am the only business teacher it gives me a lot of planning freedom. I like to plan ahead so that way I kind of have a scope and sequence, but I also like being able to take the hard left turn when a lesson takes us that way. We were having similar discussions in our conversation circle about making sure that the planning process addresses the demographic of our students and their interest. Being able to incorporate things that they're interested in into class is a great way to increase engagement and learning. The hard part is letting go of your initial plan and going where discussions take you. That is one thing I appreciate being my own department. Whereas, say in math, all teachers have to cover a certain topic on a certain day so that way all classes are on the same page. So I think you said it best, I am a wild card.
Hi Cole! I am very much a Type A person.... however.... I have learned over the years that most of the time, my plans usually do not just fall into place... is anyone able to plan that well?! So, I have come to enjoy the third or fourth iteration of a lesson plan... the one that has evolved and been adjusted a few times and FINALLY goes smoothly and I can predict MOST of the issues that will arise from the variations that inevitably will occur in delivery! I think that the process of getting there is a bit unnerving but is definitely a growing and learning process for me.
Special Education Teacher, Coach, runner, lover of the outdoors--- Guiding students through experience.