How we roll

30 Apr

Once a month, my teaching partner and I sit down and formally plan out the upcoming month. We sit down together every day to talk over the day and eat second breakfast but this is our most formal of meetings.

As we sat to plan May, we realized how close the end of the year really is, so we decided to plan June as well, since it had only two weeks of school.  There was so much we still wanted to do – and we couldn’t make it fit. Outdoor School (ODS) had been moved  to June 4-7, taking out almost a week. We’d scheduled speeches for the week before ODS. We could wedge things in, but they’d start before and end, rather awkwardly, after ODS. we felt frustrated.

“What if we scrap it all?” I asked. “We could move the speeches to the last week of school and then plan backwards.” This was a radical concept for us. We always started on the first of a month and planned forward, knowing what we didn’t accomplish could spill into the next month. But there were no next months for us this time around. And so we boldly took the plunge.

And it worked. We are planned through June.

We always know our monthly plans are subject to change, but we have a roadmap in place and can face any detours because that’s how we roll.

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4 Responses to “How we roll”

  1. danrfitch April 30, 2019 at 7:41 am #

    Oooh- I really like the thinking that you and your partner had. I read a lot about “backward design” and how we can reach our goals by planning backward sometimes. I hope that the pacing works out and you get to everything- even better I hope that this becomes a strategy for you going forward.

  2. arjeha April 30, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    Sometimes you just need to start at the end and work backwards to see how you are going to get there. Glad this change in planning worked out well for you.

  3. Lisa Corbett April 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

    That’s a great way to plan! I can’t believe how soon the year will end. It always seems to sneak up on me.

  4. Brian Rozinsky April 30, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    The scheduling gymnastics you describe sound familiar to me after a year navigating a new schedule. Also resonating is the satisfaction when pieces fit.

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