It is this time of year when I have many conversations with teachers about creating their classroom schedules. As a literacy coach, it is my role to listen, hear beliefs, see constraints, understand purposes, acknowledge promises, and support defining structures that are predictable and maintainable.
Here is a walk through of creating a classroom schedule that considers variables, illuminates beliefs, and makes promises.
1. Plug in variables that you do not have control over...lunch, recess, specials, etc...
4. List your priorities (your non-negotiables) that match your promises, beliefs, and visions. Number one on this list was having read aloud at the end of the day. The teacher wanted read aloud to be the last thing they did together, the last thing they remember doing, and a storyline that would leave them wondering, thinking, talking and longing to come back the next day as the students went to the buses.