With our new school term starting back on Monday, I have spent a couple of days this week re-assessing and tweaking our yearly plans. Whilst doing this I have wrestled with myself once again, about planning. Just why do I plan and how much detail do I need? Part of that planning is to take an honest look at my teaching style and be realistic.
-On the other hand I need to leave room for spontaneity.
-These two needs are in constant opposition.
-My love of ‘flying by the seat of my pants’ was eclipsed by sheer logistics when I had baby number 5.
-I am reasonably organised by nature but not nurture. This means I’ve played ‘catch up’ in skill level for many years of my marriage.
– I am now a list maker. If an item is on my list it has a far better chance of achievement. My children are list makers too and like checklists.
-My creativity is best nurtured by ‘serendipitous’ moments.
-I always wanted to be a ‘crafty mum’, but have now accepted that my creativity takes other paths.
– I haven’t yet ‘hit my stride’ with art and nature, but am still persisting.
-We learn best from a literature approach.
-Hand on activities seem like too much work and I have given up assigning tasks. The children simply aren’t interested. Unless they spontaneously think of ideas, then they will really engage.
-I constantly question the purpose of all lesson work. “What will the children learn from this, is it worthwhile, can they learn more than one skill from this?”
-I struggle with the concept of workbooks but am learning that carefully selected texts have their place (for my teens)
-Lesson time works best in the morning, I tire out by afternoon.
– I work best with time blocks and have little ways of ensuring I stick to them. Self-discipline is a constant battle.
-I can plan well, start, but often struggle to the ‘finish line’. I am a role model though, scary thought that.
I’ve wasted time over the years struggling with who I’m not, when I finally made peace with who I am our plans changed to reflect us more truthfully.