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Lesson planning is a big part of a teachers work load. So before the school year ends start the lesson planning process with a lesson planning outline session know as a brain dump.
Before the school year ends I like to do a good brain dump to get rid of all the noise in my head about what happened over the course of the school year.
I like to reflect and make a list of EVERYTHING that worked in my lesson plans and also everything that DIDN'T work in my lesson plans. This allows me to make a lesson plan outline for the follow year.
During the brain dump process I also like to think about all of the procedures that we taught and perhaps some of the procedures that we should of taught.
We all know to get a smooth running classroom we have to take the time to teach procedures, but sometimes some just get missed or some just didn't get taught the right way the first time around.
That's why the brain dump process saves me for the following school year. It gives me the needed information to help me plan properly for the new school year.
Once I have my list I like to think about how long it is going to take for this procedure to become a routine that just happens naturally.
Do I need 1 week or longer to teach that procedure. Some will just come easily and naturally but others you will need to teach, model, practice, practice and practice some more until it's a habit for the whole group.
The last thing that I brain dump is children's interest and themes that the children really enjoyed this gives me a spring board of information to start planning activities that will be engaging for the new group of children.
Again I like to think about how long I need to really plan for each idea so that we can really dive deep into the investigation and learning with the children.
Want to give the brain dump a try? Then you landed in the right place. Below you will find a FREE downloadable file that you can use to purge your brain of all that stuff so that you can start your first few weeks of summer relaxing and recharging.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.