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I'm a frist year teacher, trying to figure out how much time I should be spending on lesson planning every day. Please give me tips!

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I think that if you are a first year teacher, you will have to spend more time as everything is new. If you teach the same grade next year, you can keep your lesson plans from this year to refer to. I always look back at previous years' plans (same grade level), but I do change things as needed if I thought that something did not work well, or if I find a new idea that I want to try.

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I follow this schedule: on Mondays, I plan for about 30 minutes for the following week. On Tuesdays, I finish preliminary planning and gathering resources. On Wed., I make copies. On Thursdays, I finalize plans in my online planbook. On Fridays, I tie up any loose ends. The time each day depends on my grade level, my experience, and the content.

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I’m also a first year teacher and it has helped me to choose one day out of the week to focus on lesson planning, that way I don’t have to feel rushed for time throughout the week. This generally takes maximum 3+ hours based on the specifics of my lesson plan template and expectations.

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I like to plan the next week on either Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully you work on a good team that plans together and helps each other, a solid team makes a huge difference! If you do not have a team, choose 1 day to plan the next whole week, you can even get copies done in advance then. I also like to put my whole week of plans on one page kind of like a calendar. Good luck!

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In my previous school, my team and I split up the subjects. I always planned my subject on Thursday for the following week. NOW, I’m the only first grade teacher and I have to plan everything. I plan on Sunday mornings for a few hours with coffee and breakfast

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There’s no magic amount of time to spend, but just know that it typically becomes less time (overall) as you become more experienced and build a network of resources to pull from. If you change grades/subjects it can also cause an increase or decrease in planning time. I do agree with the other advice to set aside a specific day or time to plan. It helps keep things cohesive and seems less overwhelming.

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It’s a time honored teacher tradition to steal from each other. Search online for good lessons, worksheets, activities, projects, etc. As time goes on you will replace those materials with your own.

I typically plan the first day of my week on Sunday night and then spend Monday afternoon adjusting the rest of my plans to reflect what students need to review the most of for each subject.

I definitely plan weekly. Get the sketch of where I want to cover and amount of time but tweak as needed throughout the week.

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