What you’re seeing is a snapshot of how my brain works. This is the new millennium; technology is everywhere we turn and apps to organize, define, collaborate on, and display information are being churned out at a rapid pace. But for me, and the way that I create best, I need a heavy dose of visual along with tactile stimulation. Colored painter’s tape, oversized notecards, and Sharpie markers facilitated my 2013 year-long planning chart.
After several days of researching, tweaking, and scratching out then tossing away ideas on pads of paper, I was able to outline the nuts and bolts of the first quarter of the school year:
- Figure Language/Literary Elements
- Writing terms
- Characters & Characterization
- The short stories, autobiography, and nonfiction texts
- Writing format: Narrative
- Genius Hour introduction
- Speaking & Listening activities: Symbol of Me & Classroom Debates
It may not be the most conventional approach to planning, but I hope nobody ever calls me a conventional teacher.