Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Different Sort of Planning

Planning for my college courses is completely different than planning for high school and middle school courses.  At the college level you are expected to provide a detailed calendar of readings and assignments for the entire 15-16 weeks of class.  When I taught middle and high school I'd plan a week at a time or a unit at a time.  It has been very hard to flip the switch on how I plan.

On one hand, it's good for me to think about everything I need to accomplish and how I want to do that.  On the other hand, figuring out pacing when you don't even know the size of your class, their ability level, or whether you're going to have any other obstacles- inclement weather days, sick days, etc.  I suppose, like most things, it's something I will get used to the more I teach at the college level.  I just hope I got it right!

How do you plan?  Any tips?  Ideas?

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