Come to think of it, it might not be exactly a left-handed problem. There could be other people who tend towards our way of thinking as evidenced by this article. This is possibly my favorite article I have ever read anywhere. I stumbled on it nearly 10 years ago and I have shared it with other people with right-brained tendencies and they have all said the same thing, "YES! YES! THIS IS WHAT I NEED!"
Obviously the author described the problem well. And that is why I cannot make lesson plans. I have no idea if homeschoolers actually make lesson plans or not. I hear about homeschool moms who have to "work on lesson plans" so I assume some do. Some have to, depending on what state they live in, I suppose.
When I taught public school I taught in a utopia-like school where we were not required to turn in lesson plans. Our administrators actually trusted us to be professionals in our field and make our lesson plans each week. They simply asked that we leave them on our desktop if they needed to see them for any reason. For years I slugged through filling up all the little boxes for each subject. In college I actually had to go the whole 9 yards and write out the objective (The learner will....), the appropriate TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) that the lesson covered, the procedures, the materials needed, etc. Ugh.
Then we had training on brain research at our school. We were learning to adapt our lessons and methods to all the different learning styles in our room. Here is where we learned that we should keep koosh balls on the desks for students who needed to fiddle with something while they listened. Here we learned about the need for hydration (imagine that!) and allowed all students to have a water bottle on their desk during the day. Here is where we learned to play classical music while our students worked.
Here is where I learned to make MY kind of lesson plans!!!!
I believe it was called brain mapping or something like that. And from that day forward this is how I made my plans. I thought I would share it just in case it would help anyone out there. If you've ever heard me say I'm working on "lesson plans" please know it's not as complicated as it sounds!
This week I am beginning a unit of study on Chocolate with Sweetheart (grade 3). Here is my lesson plan from last night. OK, actually, I re-copied it so it was legible. The original is much worse.
So, as you can see...you just sort of brainstorm what you want to do on the topic (or subject). And I can actually work off of this. I know others who need to re-copy, make a spread sheet, and color code the whole thing. It makes them happy.
Me? I would lose the spread sheet so why bother?
Well, there you go. Thank you for joining us on the tour of my strange little mind.
So tell me, how do you make plans? (doesn't have to be homeschooling!)