I haven’t been here in a while. Sorry, nobody.
Hey, it’s a new year! I’m making a yearbook. My co-teacher and I finally got a schedule where we can function smoothly. One of my darling freshmen misspelled the word “I” in his first essay.
But what I wanted to bring up today is my planning period. The past two years, my planning period was a brief respite from the kids. For fifty minutes, I didn’t have to be “on.” I could take a breath and plan my next lesson.
This year, I’ve got planning during 1st period. It’s got its ups and downs:
No administrative duties. A lot of administrative drudgery has to get done during 1st period. Other teachers are handing out computer login passwords, cross-referencing their list with the kids who don’t have permission forms. I’m peacefully listening to Man…or Astroman? alone in my room.
I can hear the announcements. I’ve got yearbook responsibilities this year, so just about everything said in the morning applies to me in some way: club meetings, sports games, etc. It’s nice to just back and follow along on my calendar.
Prime learnin’ time lost. Kids are sleepy in the morning. 1st period is generally 10-20% calmer than other classes. The sugar from the Pop-Tarts hasn’t kicked in (this is why I envy those with planning at the end of the day. As a rule, it’s the worst class. To not have one at all would be divine).
No break in the day. Planning, even one during 2nd period like I had last year, is a checkpoint in the day. While my time with the kids starts later now, it’s a marathon dash until 3:25.
When my schedule was created last year, the idea was that 1st period planning would offer me some time to handle yearbook duties immediately before the Yearbook class 2nd and 3rd periods (we’re on a wacky new schedule where some classes last 2 periods, while others only last one). This is certainly true (you wouldn’t believe how many seniors’ parents leave me messages throughout the day), and I’m grateful it got set up this way. However, I’m missing the days I had some time between classes to breathe and reassess my course of action.