Alas, the last Sunday evening of summer vacation. I'm home, watching RHONJ, and relaxing. I had an epic day out with my girlfriends yesterday, and can definitely say I closed my summer out with a bang. I'm definitely ready and recharged.
This afternoon I spent 5 hours (yikes) at Corner Bakery Cafe working on planning materials. I had food, coffee, Justin Timberlake Pandora, and I was in the groove. My main focus of today was my unit plan for Matter & Energy. I'm so glad I have it finished! Will everything go exactly as I have it written? Of course not! But like my last post says, a failure to plan is a plan to fail.
I wish I could have an organized space when I plan, but it always looks like chaos. It's especially horrible for my actual lesson plans. Books, worksheets, lab manuals, eek! Here's what I needed today for my unit planning.
I created this about a week ago. It is not the same as my district's pacing calendar because I like to incorporate STAAR Olympics for review. I've had 3.5 weeks for this in years' past, but this year I am determined to get four solid weeks. I always have to rush a reporting category, and do not want to do that again. I'm also aware of which days I plan on being absent, so I can adjust the weeks. Yay for backwards planning!
Next to my coffee cup I have a TEKS chart that was given to me by my Region 4 Science Collaborative facilitators. I love it because it has sixth, seventh, and eighth grade objectives so it's easy for me to pull and recognize supporting standards.
How many writing utensils does it take for Ms. CJ to plan? Lol
My unit plan! I have the weeks numbered, TEKS listed, objectives (readiness and supporting), and assessments. I feel relieved knowing exactly where my students and I are headed, and how we will break each TEK apart.
My goal is to get the Force & Motion unit plan done before September 21. Let's see if that holds true.
Peace and blessings,