My approach to lesson planning has been to take my ideas to a blank sheet of printer paper. You can read more about that here. This post is an update on that strategy.
It’s been working well, for the most part. The problem seems to be that, since it’s a full, blank sheet, I’m left with a lot of space. This means I almost always fill up the whole page, regardless of how long each activity takes. As a result, these pages are turning into more of a feed of activities, mini-lectures, and reminder notes, rather than a chronological record of my days. In an effort to keep it in the day-to-day format, I’ve taken scissors and tape to the poor pages.
If there’s a little lecture I didn’t get to, I’ll just slice it out and keep it in a folder, so that it’s ready to tape onto the next plan it fits well with. I have a lecture on Freud that’s just waiting for deployment:
I like the feeling of each lesson plan having originally been conceived somewhere else. It makes me feel like my class and I are all in media res together, piecing ideas together from pieces of other pieced together ideas.
Hopefully however this turns out at the end of the semester, it will be helpful. I’m not sure if the chaos will make me feel better next semester, when I know what I’m doing a little more, or if it’ll just get in the way of me reproducing effective lessons. I guess only time will tell.