If you’ve followed along with me at all… you probably know how much I LOVE sticky notes!
They transform my classroom, engage my students, and they even help my own kiddos clean up their room. (I’ve got some cute sticky note student resources here!)
When I was in the classroom full time, I learned an awesome trick from my first grade team. You know how you can sit down and plan out the most well connected days full of engaging learning experiences and then… there’s a 2 hour delay… or school is canceled… or a firedrill pops up? All of a sudden my planbook would become a mess of smudged pencil marks and scribbles where I had dared to scribble something down in pen. When I sat down at my first team planning meeting with them, there was a big stack of sticky notes on the table. I wondered if we’d use them to mark our place in our planbook, or to earmark important lessons… but we did much more. We filled our planbooks with sticky notes and began to jot down the activities and lessons we’d like to accomplish during the week.
Just like my classroom functioned as a living breathing organism, ever changing and needing to adapt (ok that’s a little bit of a weird analogy… but stick with with me here), my planbook was the same way! With my ability to simply switch activities around, move them from day to day, or pull them out and toss them, I was able to evolve my plans for the week without the scribbles!
(Disclaimer here- I use my plan book to jot down ideas and sketch them out. I have an anxiety driven need to type out detailed plans each week, but my planbook is the pacing guide behind the typed plans)
This whole concept just clicked for me in a big way and I began to apply it to other parts of my day. I began jotting tasks down that needed to be done as the day went on and they popped into my head and I would just “park them” onto a chart. Then during plan time I could even schedule them out in order of urgency using my work schedule.
As a teacher author, I rely heavily on my planning templates! Whenever a new idea pops into my head, it goes right onto a sticky note and is sorted on my chart. At the beginning of each week, I pace out the tasks I’d like to get done each day. This also helps me to vary my tasks so I don’t get super bored and burnt out.
I’ve loved using these planning templates so much I just have to share them with you! So here they are!
I print, laminate, and hang them wherever todo lists are most likely to pop up!
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To read more about how I use sticky notes, check these posts out!
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