PROGRAM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (10 Hours) LEVEL 3-4
Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
Creating a plan for the day, the week, the quarter and the year help you to focus on an overall picture of what you want to accomplish. It keeps you on track and allows you to modify your plan in light of the overall goals and objectives. Some educators display the whole year of learning objectives and activities on the wall to have it clearly in their minds where they have been and where they are going in the academic year. This is also a great way to show parents what is happening in classroom.
Compiling a detailed and extended lesson planning system also helps you to scaffold learning, include relevant learning earlier if it seems appropriate, or delaying the introduction of information to a more relevant lesson later on in the year. This type of planning allows you to schedule in new or interesting activities in places where you may have more time or can accommodate an activity or event.
Many career educators who already have several years of experience under their belts seem to be able to pull things out on the fly. This is because they have already accumulated a vast amount of information and skills. They have learned how to create and implement a curriculum as well as the flexibility to go with the flow of their students. The experienced educator understands that the focus is on their student’s needs, not necessarily on a dogmatic adherence to an inflexible daily schedule or lesson plan. It is ok to cut a lesson short, change the pace of the day, or to add activities based on the children’s needs. Such as, if a lesson isn’t going well it’s ok to cut it short and move on. If the sun is shining, it’s ok to take it all outside and let the children play outside a little longer. After all, play is learning!