2015-16 Pacing Guide Is Done!
As a graduate of the University of Michigan’s education program, it was grounded into me that I.MUST.USE.A.PACING.GUIDE. This is important for two reasons. The first being it gives you a significant road map to your year. I can immediately see if I’m on pace to hit all the topics I need to by the end of the year, or if I need to hurry up/slow down (yeah, right!). The second being it REALLY helps in backwards design when planning your units. What formal assessment/project do I want the kiddos to do at the end of the unit? How many allotted days do I have to get them there?
I like to work on my pacing guides immediately after the school year-the experiences of the previous year are fresh in my mind, and through reflection I can decide if I need to give more or less time to a topic. There were areas in math this year that definitely needed more time. This meant I needed to think about which chapters were a bit easier for the kiddos and take from them.
To work on my pacing guide, I start with a blank 2015-16 calendar and cross off all the vacation days of the upcoming school year. I also write in any pre-planned field trips, half days, etc. Once this is done, I can count how many full weeks of teaching I have to work with (short weeks always get filled up with review and holiday activities).
Then, on a seperate sheet of paper, I write down all my topics in a subject area and about how many weeks I want to allot to them. This number can change as I’m working through the actual calendar, but it gives me an outline.
I take these week allotments and start putting them on the calendar. This is both tedious and satisfying. I like to put all my subjects on the same pacing calendar so I can see if I’m overlapping tests or major projects.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my pacing guides with you: math (My Math), ELA (CCSS), science (new NGSS standards), social studies (Scott Foresman’s Our Nation) and extras. Although my math and social studies are aligned to certain books, the topics can certainly be applied to any program.
Want to get a sneak peek? I put together a bundle including an editable pacing calendar and all my pacing guides.
AND I stuck in a calendar with 269 authors’ birthdays. You can’t find this ANYWHERE-I made it from hours of research.
AND AND I included a calendar with over 170 traditional and fun holidays you might want to celebrate or use for fun projects/bellwork/writing prompts/research assignments/etc. I always hate when I find out the next day is something major, like Earth Day. Uh, plan ahead WHAT? 😉
So, really, there is no excuse not to have a pacing guide this year! Seriously-grab this bundle and use mine. Or modify for your school’s curriculum and vacation schedule. Or make your own from scratch. And feel relief that you will know exactly when Talk Like a Pirate Day and Pi Day are. And once you’re done, head on over to Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris to check out all the great posts in this Plan With Me Sunday Link-Up!