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Plan Your Year Ahead

Looking at the months of the year, determine what activities or responsibilities you must handle each month.

 

Please note that this list is primarily for an elementary school; however, there are many similarities with middle and high school events.  Pre-planing is critical to your success regardless of whether you are in an elementary, middle or high school.

 

Charting the events helps ensure you do not face unnecessary surprises.  You can build into your plan the more time-consuming activities, such as gathering information for writing Teacher Performance Appraisals and make sure you get that type of commitment underway during the less hectic months.

 

Be sure to share what is coming up each month with your administrative assistant so that she can be prepared and ready to assist in whatever capacity is necessary.  Your administrative assistant can get photocopying done, forms prepared, contacts and reminders taken care of for you.  Working hand in hand with your administrative assistant will make your job immensely more enjoyable and do-able!

 

(Please note that I am referring to capable and efficient administrative assistants.  If you are not in the fortunate position to have a competent administrative assistant, then please note that I will be posting about dealing with  incompetence or dysfunctional people in a future blog.)

 

Below you will find an outline of the events that will require your time and attention.  You will need to add or delete items on this list according to your particular situation.

 

August

Ready for start up

Finalize class lists

Ensure calendar is finalized

 

September

First Day

First Week

First Staff Meeting

First Fire Drill

First Health and Safety Meeting

First Assembly

Set tone and theme

Parent Teacher Conferences

Terry Fox Run

Obstacle Race

 

October

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Teacher Observations

Pro D

Halloween

 

November

Assembly

Staff Meting

Health and Safety Meeting

Teacher Observations

Report Card Preparation

 

December

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Concert

 

January

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Teacher Observations

Parent Teacher Conference

 

February

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Anti-bullying day

Health and Safety Meeting

Pro D Day

 

March

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Teacher Observations

Report Cards

 

April

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Teacher Observations

Budget Preparations for Next Year

 

May

Assembly

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Create Next Year’s Calendar

Staffing Meeting

Finalize Budget for Next Year

Assign Next Year’s Grades to Teachers

Finalize School Supply Orders

Teacher Observations Wrapped up

Prepare Teacher Performance Reports

 

June

Assembly

Class Placement Meetings

Finalize Teacher Performance Reports

Staff Meeting

Health and Safety Meeting

Organize and Distribute School Supplies

Year End Activities

Report Cards

 

July

Year End Wrap up

Close School for Summer

 

What other activities do you need to add to your calendars?

 

If you need details on any of the individual events listed above, please let me know in the comments and I will elaborate on any of the items.

 

 

2 Comments So Far

  1. Hi Susan, all my life throughout this 36 years, I’ve been lucky to meet, friend, or working with people that not only planning for today or next day but those I can call “a visionary”. I have never been great in this capacity but by observing, learn, and practicing comes to the experience and exposure.

    Although it doesn’t make me as close or a clone to them, it si key to our life when mattered most. I knew how hard it if as a teacher that seems almost everyday need planning on something! By the way, what is your own experience when becoming someone that accustomed to this stuff that for me an essential part for us as a human being.

    1. Thank you for dropping by and commenting on my post.

      Yes, like you, I have had friends and people in my life who helped me understand better ways of doing things.

      My greatest role models were my Mom and Dad.

      Thank you, again.

      All the best to you on your journey.

      Sincerely,

      Susan

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