Have you ever sat down on a Sunday night and wondered what you were going to teach the following week? (Not that any of us would ever procrastinate so long!) Planning your class at the last minute is an unnecessary stress. Here is a practical teaching calendar tool that you can use to organize your classes. It is simple, and committing to it will make your life easier.
In addition to saving you time, this teaching calendar will also prevent you from reusing class ideas too frequently. It includes events, occasions, and celebrations you might want to incorporate to your classes. And it provides a loose form of periodization.
Think of a spreadsheet or word processor document with multiple columns. Create your personal teaching calendar by filling in each of the columns described.
There you go. It’s a very simple system but it should hold all your thoughts, notes, and music where you can find them. Of course, you can modify this sample system as you see fit so it works best for you.
You can build your file through the year. But it will begin helping you immediately. No more lost files. No more “When did I last use this playlist?”
And think, a year from now, how nice it will be to be able to look back at exactly what you did, what you said, and what music you played on the same occasion the year prior. Then you can go into last year’s class, update your music, make any other modifications you like, and your new class is ready to go. Thanks to your own personal teaching calendar.