Why Planning Period

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Photo by AVAVA/iStock / Getty Images

The planning period is one of the most sacred parts of a teacher’s day.  To some people, planning time is when you eat lunch, make copies, use the bathroom and decompress.  It’s one of the first things teachers want to know about their schedule for the upcoming year.  When I worked in an elementary school, I loved the days when my students had multiple specials in a day. Of course, that meant that there would be days when there were no specials and a very long school day. When I worked in the high school, I longed for a planning period that would be near lunch or last period.

While teachers use their planning periods for a variety of tasks, many of us have built-in routines for when we grade, plan or make copies.  I did most of my planning at home after school and made copies before I went home for the day. I usually spent my planning time talking with colleagues, seeking help with students, going over principal demands, aligning lessons with my team and co-teachers or seeking help to improve my lessons from teachers I trusted.

So why name this blog “Planning Period”?  Well, it is our goal to share insights and helpful hints with teachers and educators that they can quickly ready during their planning period.  We will feature posts about current issues in education, clarify teacher evaluations, show you classroom organizational tips and reveal ideas that you can use while in class. We will talk about issues and legislation that affect teachers. And we will feature occasional feature guest bloggers so that we can learn from each other and gain from different perspectives of teaching.

At Be Ready, we love educators because we are educators.  So that's why we make products and offer services that teachers need. Our products are easy to use and adaptable for all teachers. Our services and consulting packages are created to prepare and equip you with tools and tips to incorporate in your classroom. We know what administrators want to see when they come into your classroom and we want you to be prepared.