You’ve discovered that life as a teacher means being constantly on the go. Although your education program prepared you well for writing detailed two- or three-page plans for each lesson you’re going to teach, you might not have as much time to devote to that task now that you’ve entered the real world of teaching. As an elementary teacher, I have several subjects to cover and little time in which to plan. Here are tips for planning your school days without giving up time for fun.

Knowing the end you have in mind will assist you in coming up with lessons that lead your students to that goal.

1. Locate district resources. The school district you work for probably has curriculum guides for you to use as a reference. Additionally, your district might have lesson plan suggestions. It is especially helpful for new teachers to have a resource like this to rely on.

2. Use the Backward Design method. Referring to the standards that your students are expected to meet, create an assessment that measures student mastery of the expected objectives. Knowing the end you have in mind will assist you in coming up with lessons that lead your students to that goal.

3. Get a little help from your friends.

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