On this episode of Teaching Middle School ELA, Caitlin and Jessica discuss the benefits of batch planning–a practice that involves lesson planning for a certain period of time to create lessons for an extended period. Successful batch planning can allow teachers to leave school on time and prevents teachers from bringing work home. It also allows for more intentional planning to ensure high-quality, engaging lessons. Listeners are given tips for how to structure large units using the EB Lesson Planning Framework.
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[00:01:13] “Batch planning” is a game-changing practice that can help teachers manage their time better and avoid feeling overwhelmed. It involves planning lessons for an extended period of time, ultimately leading to a better work-life balance.
[00:03:29] The first step is to write down big units for the first month or two of the school year, such as a novel or poetry unit.
[00:07:01] Focus on necessary grade-level standards, including finding and justifying evidence, to guide your batch planning.
[00:10:48] Batch planning is a valuable skill that helps teachers to plan for the entire year in one weekend, making minor tweaks to their lessons as needed. It provides the gift of time to teachers while also helping students master the standards in an engaging way.
[00:14:22] Caitlin and Jessica welcome teachers to join them for the Batch Planning Live event taking place this summer.
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