First, I decide what papers my students are going to write and approximately how long I want to spend on each of those units. I always make sure my weeks add up to the appropriate number for that semester. I assign each unit several chapters from the book that I think will correspond with the learning objectives.
Secondly, I take a blank notebook. 70 pages is more than enough. I then use different color post-it notes to mark the days of my classes. Thus far I've been lucky that they are all on the same days of the week. I put my earliest class at the top of the page. Each day the class meets gets its own post-it note. Now I can start filling in starting with Day 1.
I almost always start with a syllabus review, diagnostic writing assignment, and a presentation on the rhetorical situation. Depending on whether or not it is a 50 minute, 75 minute, or 90 minute session I may also add a syllabus quiz, or take away the presentation. I slowly fill in which chapter or topic I want to cover each session, which journal entry the class will be doing, and any major due dates. I try to mark due dates with a different colored post-it so I can try to keep papers due on different days for different classes. This helps a lot when it comes to grading!
Why do I use post its? There are several reasons:
1. They are colorful
2. I can remove them easily if I really mess up.
3. If I really wanted to I could reuse them for the next semester by moving them onto a different date.
This method is extremely useful to me. Now, when I am preparing for a class or the week I open to that week in particular and can see quickly what I want to cover. I can then fill in details about in-class activities and homework as I see fit. It has really helped me stay organized. If I change something I can easily write it in so I can look back to it for future classes.
How do you keep organized? Does it come naturally to you or do you struggle with it?
*I am not affiliated with National Heritage Academies, I just had their post it notes.*
Thanks for reading!