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All About Schedules

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

Today I’m sharing my personal schedule in my classroom and a small tip I use to help with planning. I think it’s so important to be planned out and to spend even a little bit of time planning each week. For me, it helps clear my mind to have goals and it makes it easier to get through the week and my objectives as a teacher. I really do run a tight ship in my class so here are my examples to make that a little easier!

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

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My Daily Schedule

Our school works on a 5 day system, which makes planning a little bit easier but I have specialist on certain days! I create my schedule before the school starts the second I get my specialist schedule. I usually try to block math in the morning and reading in the afternoon but this year I have a little taste of both throughout the day! This is my parent copy of the schedule. These copies are colored paper and stored in their STAR foldersย for easy access. I try to be very clear about what the purpose of each time is for my parents! This schedule is hung outside my door.

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

Here is my personal teacher copy to show the flow of lessons within my time periods. This helps me be very intention with my teaching time and stay ON schedule! :]

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

Daily 5 Rotations

Here is a breakdown of my Daily 5 schedule. I keep this right next to me at my guided reading table so I know exactly where everyone is suppose to be! I also include a round where I am strictly conferring with my students using the Confer appย (WHICH IS AMAZING!). I also use this third round to meet my reading assessment goals so I don’t overwhelm myself when the testing block comes for reading levels! I usually can get through 1-2 students within that time block!

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

Math Rotations

Lastly, I have my “Math Matters” block for computation. I created groups based on the success with the concepts the week before so these groups are completely flexible and change weekly. This is another time that I can sit with students and work in small groups or even 1:1 on a concept.

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

Planning Tip

My last tip for you (if you write out your plans like I do!) is to MAKE LABELS! Don’t re-write your specialist and days off over and over, just put a label on it. You can buy labels that are pretty small or very bright, it’s totally up to you. Just put a label on it! :]

Every wonder how every teacher fits in all their lessons in one day? I'm sharing my schedule for my third and fourth grade classrooms and also spilling a few tips on keeping yourself organized with these time saving tips!

Alexis Porter
Alexis Porter

Hey there, I’m Alexis! I’m a 30 something bubbly and creative teacher turned web designer living in Seattle, Washington. I absolutely love designing unique brands + websites for fellow teacherpreneurs, creatives, small businesses, bloggers, & many more. When I’m not working on all things Laugh Eat Learn, I enjoy cooking, movies, reading (always with caffeine in hand), and organization of literally everything. I’m also a pure perfectionist which makes everything a little more fun!

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8 Comments

    • April 3, 2015 / 4:28 AM

      I adore you both! Thank you for letting me in on your little secret a couple days earlier! I can't wait to work with you in the future! :]

  1. April 3, 2015 / 10:18 PM

    I love the idea of adding a label to your plans instead of writing your specials over and over again!! BRILLIANT!!

    Mrs. 3rd Gradeย 

    • April 5, 2015 / 4:10 AM

      I hate writing them over and over!! Good luck with yours. :]

  2. April 4, 2015 / 2:42 PM

    Alexis! I am going to definitely check out the confer app…gosh I love the little tips and tricks that I learn from other bloggers! I currently rewrite my lesson plan subjects EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. so I will be making sure to get this on my to do list over the summer! Thanks for linking up with us. I always enjoy reading your adorable blog!
    Mrs. Olsonโ€™s Lucky Little Learners

    • April 5, 2015 / 4:11 AM

      Thanks, Angie! Yes! I re-write mine every time too but now I use labels whenever I can. I love little time savers like that! I also use labels for dates off and inservice days!

  3. April 4, 2015 / 3:42 PM

    This post is SO detailed and gorgeous!

    • April 5, 2015 / 4:11 AM

      Why thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

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