"Raudy": Pronounced like rowdy! A blog about the day-to-day life of a very "Raudy" Combined Class teacher in Ontario, Canada!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer To Do List (For New Teachers and Teachers Changing Grades) PART 2

Hopefully, you tuned in yesterday to the first in my series of Summer To Do List.  In it, I listed the first three steps in my List, and they all revolved around the topic of Organization.  If you didn't get a chance to read it, you can check it out here


In this second part of my Summer To Do List, you will find Items 7, 6 and 5.  These items all revolve around Curriculum and Planning.  Here's an inside look of how I dissect, prioritize and outline my program.


7. LOOK AT THE CURRICULUM




After I print out my templates, I pull all of my curriculum documents out. I like to highlight keep expectations and write notes in the margins of which expectations go with which expectations.  I love to write the big ideas of the curriculum, opportunities for inquiry, learning goals, success criteria and cross curricular connections.




Notice I write tons of stuff in the margins and on post it notes.  Highlighters, pencils and post its are my best friends!
Then I turn to my planning templates to help me make units and lessons.  This is an essential step, especially since I will be moving into new grades. Far more is expected at this grade level!


6. MAKE LONG RANGE PLANS

After I am finished examining the curriculum, I start to think about what I would like to teach at certain times of the year.  I also like to think about what areas of the curriculum co-relate so that I can create a fluidity in my program.  I have already my long range plan templates, and I am starting to write out what I would like to do in September.  Slowly, I will fill in the others areas.




If you like the template that I am using, you can find it in my Planning Templates Package in my TPT store.




5. BUILD UP MY WISHLIST

After this step, I am going to start looking at other TPT products from amazing Ontario sellers that can help me with this new transition, and fit in with this curriculum.  Then, I will add those products to my wishlist.  Of course I plan on creating my own products (please stay tuned for those), but there are so many wonderful TPT Ontario Sellers who have excellent work out there.  I want to see what kind of gaps that I have with the hard copy resources that I have in my school, and look towards wonderful TPT sellers to help me fill in those gaps! I have just started browsing and adding.  So far, I have:


 MATH JOURNAL BUNDLE from Jen Runde

COMMUNITIES IN CANADA FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT from Coach's Corner

NGO'S AND QR CODES from Coach's Corner

ELECTRICAL ARCADE GAME from Teachingisagift

RETELL, RELATE, REFLECT, REVIEW READING ASSIGNMENT from Two Peas and a Dog 

These are excellent J/I Ontario Sellers!  I can't wait to see what else I can add to my wishlist! :)


How do you start to plan out your new year?  How do you tackle the curriculum?  What kind of TPT items are on your wishlist? Are you a TPT seller with an excellent Middle School Resource? Share below in the comment section!

Please tune in tomorrow for the rest of my Summer To Do List.

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