It took about a year to figure my system out, but I now have a planning schedule that allows me to take each weekend off from school completely.
While I adore teaching and my class, the amount of time I used to work everyday was overwhelming. After my first full year of teaching I already felt burnt out. I knew something needed to change, but I did not want to sacrifice what was best for my class. I had to try out a lot of different methods, but I finally made a schedule for myself.
When I stick to it, I am done working by 8 pm each school night and I never work on weekends!
The best part is how truly rejuvenated I feel each Monday. I am excited to go back and spend time with my class.
Even just having a few hours of complete "me time" each school night helps. I find that I sleep so much better now.
My weeknight planning schedule:
I get home around 3:30, but after spending time with my dog Phoebe, exercising and eating dinner, I usually don't start to plan until about 6pm. I always make myself stop at 8pm, no matter what. It makes a huge difference in how well I sleep!
Planbook.com's view by class only makes this kind of planning so easy! <3
I choose the books I will read for our opening, plan my mini lessons, prep for my guided writing groups and pull any additional writing activities needed for the week. I usually have a bit of extra time so I can get caught up on anything I may be behind on.
I have been doing this for about a year and a half now and it has made such a positive impact on my life and health. I sleep better and am a lot more excited to see my students on Monday mornings!
What does your planning schedule look like? Let me know in the comments below!