|I know, it looks like a mess, but it will come together!|
Lesson planning is a huge part of teaching. We need to assess our students needs and design curriculum to meet those needs. I have used many different forms of lesson planning over my career. I am excited that I think I have finally found a way that works for me! Since my day is divided into subject specific chunks, I am easily able to separate my lessons for Math and Language Arts. I'll talk about Social Studies, Social Skills, Science, etc. another time since they're a whole different beast!
I have recently been introduced to Publisher and have LOVED using it to create. I especially like it for planning lessons. The first thing I did was divide my students into 3 groups based on their needs. From there, I created a year long curricular map. In this map I decided what to teach students and when it would be taught. Here's an example of my high group's year long curricular map from January to the end of the year.
|See! It cleaned up nicely. All materials for the week are at hand!|
And viola! Of course things get changed and moved around at times but that is the basics for how I lesson plan! I then print materials for a week (I get overwhelmed with paper if I do more than 1 week), prep as needed and file away in a binder for Math and Language Arts groups. This is what is working for me at the moment.