Want to accomplish a lot of planning in a very short amount of time? Welcome to Speed Planning. I have found this method to work best by choosing one thing I want to incorporate into my school day, but for one reason or another has not happened. I used it last year with poetic memorization/recitation, and it worked like a charm.
- Pick one resource – this is the key!
- Read/scan the book and note the poems that capture your attention.
- Assign one poem per month or block.
- Do this until you have chosen 10 poems. (or however many blocks/months you teach)
- Do this for each child. (and yourself, if you memorize/recite along with them. I do.)
- Congratulations! You’re done planning this particular activity for the entire year!
For me, this method was so much easier than sitting down the weekend (or night!) before a new block or circle time, getting out all my resources and trying to find the perfect poem for each of us. I didn’t lock myself into my choices, and if I came across a new poem I wanted to use, I changed, added or moved the others around. I felt like I had the freedom to do this because the pressure of having nothing planned didn’t exist.
This year I am implementing a version of Speed Planning with movement, verses, read-alouds and some other things. You can view my efforts here
. Our circle time fell apart toward the middle of last year, and I am not sure how it is going to work this year. I still want to incorporate many of the oral and kinesthetic aspects of circle time throughout our school day, and I am hoping by having these elements planned out, I can concentrate on how and where to fit them in. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted.