Pre-planning is an exciting, creative, critical, and stressful time all at once. Teachers are anxious to prep their plans and classrooms. Administrators want to give and protect teacher planning time, yet also devote team time to key initiatives and wildly important goals. In addition, there are other important groups that need time with both teachers and admin (CPR training, Advancement, Business Office, R & D), plus time to connect with “All School.” Finding the right balance can be challenging.
In the spirit of sharing, here is the template we used this year. Gold represents Middle School team time. Royal blue stands for “Get Stuff Done” – time for teachers to do as they see fit. Navy blue is for “All School events.” Red is for CPR. White is for lunch, photos, and orientation.
As much as possible, faculty members are invited to create and lead sessions, distributing leadership across the team. And our team does such a great job!
For those responsible for planning your team’s pre-planning agenda, feel free to use this for inspiration. And please share your own tips and insights!