How Do You Plan?
I have a basic template that I use in Word from year to year and just change the times and place where the segments go in the day. I do all of my planning by the week when school first starts because I don't know all of my children that well and have not done running records to find out what level they are reading on. After about a month I know all of my children pretty well as far as their academic abilities go and I have learned their personalities as well.
Planning is not my favorite thing to do and I do not write them out in as much detail as I should. I only do them in detail if I am going to have a substitute. This is my third year in first grade and I am finally getting the hang of how to do Daily 5 for both reading and math. We also plan as a team but we only have about 30 minutes once we get our kids to specials. Thirty minutes isn't a lot of time to get it all in but at least we have an idea of what each other is doing. Later on in the year I plan for two weeks in advance and that is about as far as I want to go and it works well for me. What are some tools that you use for planning your lessons?