Lesson planning used to stress me out! I work with almost all mixed groups, one of the challenges of being a school based SLP.
First, I’d write my lesson plans for the month, but after activity x took twice as long as I had anticipated that flopped. Then, I tried writing out what I wanted to do by grade/goal areas. Enter all the mixed groups and FAIL. I realized I needed to be so much more specific, but who has the time for that? Umm, let me tell you how much time this has SAVED me! The last few seconds of each session, I write down what my students struggled with on a post-it. It takes about 10 seconds. I stick the note next to their group and *bam* lesson planning done.
I now know exactly what I need to work on. I choose 2 books for each week that I keep out. If I have a book companion that goes with the book, I’ll pull that too. I’m big into no prep companions. If not, that’s okay too. I already know what I need to work on. All it takes now is a little brain power! I also choose two games to pull for the week as a jumping point. After 5 years in the schools I have my go-to resources like task cards and artic drill sheets established. This is really all I ever *need*!
If I have extra time, or if I am in the mood for something different I’ll grab some of my favorite TpT resources and leave those out to grab quickly for groups! Bonus points when teachers keep me in the loop and I can use curriculum projects/resources.
Also, I’m not lucky enough to have a group of students named Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, but we sure are living the “Frozen” dream at our house these days! 🙂 Dakota and Bella are both family dogs. Dakota really needs to work on being kinder to other dogs. Kyle, Amy, and Adelyn-well we’re all working on keeping the house cleaner and free from clutter!
Do you have any lesson planning tips? I’d love to hear them!