Big plans and lots of little tasks don’t always play nice together. Without a good plan, it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks. Plus you waste time figuring out what’s next or what you need to do it—and as any teacher knows you don’t have time for that. When you plan out your week, you are more organized each day.
With a solid plan for the week, you make sure the most important things get done, you progress through projects, and you meet objectives.
So how do you plan your week?
Set aside time to do this weekly. I like to do it Sunday night, but you could do it Friday afternoon to wrap up your week and give you your weekend free. You could do it any time that suits you over the weekend—or if you are an early riser and don’t already dread getting going, you could do it early Monday morning. (If you keep meaning to plan your week Monday morning, but never get to it, it’s time to try another time.)
Lesson plan templates to plan your week
I use the same format to plan out my week, every week. It gives me structure to think about what needs to happen, and I can find the information I need all week as I work through the plan. To help with my planning, I created Lesson Plan Templates. I just print out what I need for the week and get planning.
Start with your plan for the month
Planning is a multi-step process. If you’ve already planned out your quarter and month, you’ll want to check back to see what your big goals are and what you intended to be doing this week.
(See Lesson Plan Templates: Monthly Overview or Month plan.)
Set up your schedule
Put any appointments, meetings, or other specifically scheduled time blocks on your weekly plan. Don’t forget about travel time or buffer time for meetings! If your regular class time will be adjusted for an assembly or special activity, note that too.
Do you have specific blocks during your teaching day (literacy block, math time, etc.)? Sketch out those chunks of time in your planner.
(See Lesson Plan Templates: Weekly Schedule.)
Plan your lessons
In the last step, you marked off when you teach certain subjects. In this step you get super clear on the lessons you’ll teach each day. Once these are laid out, you’ll know what materials you need to prep and can add those tasks to your plan.
(See Lesson Plan Templates: Weekly Lessons.)
Create to do lists
I admit, I love to check things off a list. I use a planner with times to keep me on track throughout the day, but I use checklists to make sure I’m getting specific tasks done. So printing homework pages or setting up new collections for a math unit or finding new books for my literacy station might go on those lists. On the personal front, things like grocery shopping and making a dentist appointment, and going to the gym (we try!) go on that list.
(See Lesson Plan Templates: Weekly Plan or Get It Done.)
Lesson plan templates for an overall plan
Lesson planning doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Lesson planning is part of an overall plan for any teacher. As you can see, planning moves from big picture annual, quarterly, and monthly goals and ideas to more detailed weekly plans including what should happen each day.
Lesson plans need their own space for details, but they need to be set into a plan that encompasses the full day and week.
Lesson Plan Templates do more than help you plan individual lessons or even map out lesson plans. They help organize your whole week, so that you know what to do when and can be on top of preparation and what’s up next.
Ready to get more organized for greater ease in every day? Printable Lesson Plan Templates help you do just that. Choose the lesson plan templates that fit your needs, print them out, and fill them in. You can print out a whole year’s worth of lesson plan templates so that you are ready to plan every week. All you have to do is fill in the details and then follow that plan!
Get Lesson Plan Templates here: https://topnotchteaching.com/downloads/lesson-plan-templates/