Teacher Talk: Lesson Plan Calendar for Middle School Foreign Language Classroom
I’m totally geeking out over my new lesson plan calendar for my Spanish classes this year. Those of you who teach secondary know what a pain it is to come across anything relevant for middle school and high school classrooms. So many of the planning tools and classroom decor ideas I come across are aimed at elementary teaching, so I was thrilled to come across this planner by Julie Faulkner.
I’m obsessed with planners. In my 13 years of teaching, I’ve seen a lot of lesson plan calendars. I guess my lesson plan standards are high, but most planners get the ax from me right from the get-go. I’m pretty sure a lot of people creating planners have not been teachers.
Of course, in my district, we are expected to turn in digital lesson plans using a predetermined template. I do this to please the powers that be and to write out the details of my plans, but my personal preference is to have a paper calendar I can mark down a basic daily outline with my pencil (mechanical, of course) so that I can quickly move things around if I want.
This calendar is a digital download for only $3.50. I love the instant gratification of downloading materials for my classroom immediately. However, if you don’t have capabilities for color printing a lesson plan calendar or any other teacher materials in an economical fashion, then multi-page instant downloads are not always the best option. Of course, you could print the cover pages only and print the rest black-and-white, if necessary.
Just look at this precious tribal print. Doesn’t it just scream Spanish teacher?
What I like most about this particular calendar is that it has space for up to three subject areas. THREE! Most of the time, I get one little crummy box to try to squeeze three different short descriptions into for each day of the week.
The angels sing.
There is also a section devoted to yearly, monthly, and weekly goals. There are also pages for monthly reflections.
There are pages to outline the standards and assessments you have in mind to use for each lesson.
The monthly calendars are not dated so that this file can be printed year after year.
And when I came across this precious tribal print weekly/monthly pocket calendar at Target last week, could I possibly walk away? What better pairing could I have found?!
The angels sing, and the tribal prints dance.
I love that the fabric covering has a zippered pouch. Inside the pouch is a typical wire-bound planner. After this school year, I can throw out the calendar and replace it with a fresh pocket planner for next year. I am going to use the lesson plan calendar to jot down an outline of my daily lesson plans and goals, whereas the small planner will be used to keep up with dates for school-related business, such as staff meetings, duty schedule, parent-teacher conferences, etc.
I’m fighting the urge to start filling up my lesson plan calendar with plans. The teacher beast in me is trying to roar. I’m trying to restrain the beast until August 1st, at least. We’ll see…
Are you a paper calendar or digital calendar person?
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