Reflection - Planning Observations
Long term planning means to lay your courses out for the whole year, so that you can quickly look and see what order topics and expectations are to be completed. Short term planning is the breakdown of the long term plan into units, and then even further into weekly or daily plans. These short term plans help you know exactly what material to teach day to day.
Long term planning can be used to help divided up not only the course content, but the ministry expectations. By using long term planning you can decide what ministry expectations fit into which unit of study. This will ensure that all the necessary expectations are met throughout the course. Once the long term plan is made up with the ministry expectations, then those can be carried over to the unit plans.
When I become a teacher in September I will have already made up several large sheets of units for each course, with the expectations divided up. I hope to have this completed before September so that I am prepared to teach any course they may throw my direction. This will enable me to focus more of my energy on the students and making sure that their time with me is valuable.
Once I have completed these planning sheets once, I will copy and modify them each year I teach to reflect any changes in the curriculum, or make any corrections or improvements necessary. I will also be willing to share resources such as my long and short term plans with other teachers, as I have appreciated the materials that have been shared with me already this year. I also believe that I cannot expect my students to be organized and prepared if I am not, so I wish to demonstrate this by having all these plans completed in full as soon as possible, and having that material available.