|Happy for this arrival today!|
I like the year to reflect my work year, not the calendar year. The fiscal school year goes from July 1 to June 30th and that's how I plan. We start planning in March for the upcoming school year which is why I need my calendar for the upcoming academic year sooner than most. I like the month view because I like the overview of the month versus each day or week. Too many details overwhelm me. I keep those details on a post-it list for what I have to accomplish weekly and daily. I can easily dump those once they've been accomplished or revise them quite simply.
Finally I look for staples as fasteners for two reasons. I abhor spiral notebooks. A spiral binding screams snag my sweater, bend or twist my rings, or tear my pages out. My number one rule is never tear the pages out. They are reference materials. Also if the staples come loose, you can easily restaple versus reloop the spirals back-in. Right now I'll be carrying two calendars, my 17-18 and my 18-19 until July 1, 2018. My anxiety is calmed. I'm ready to plan.
|January View from the Wall O' Calendars|
It isn't that I am not a fan of digital calendars. In fact, I was an early adopter of google calendar in 2007 with my students and loved how my ninth grade team could have an academic view of the students for whole weeks worth of assignments. I loved how it was color-coded by teacher and we could set reminders. We could really engage in long-term planning, which is often a short-coming of students.
I, however, cannot abide by a digital calendar because too often I find myself without power or a device, but always seem to have the paper calendar at hand. And honestly, there nothing is more gratifying than the paper view at my fingertips. My house calendar can be a normal Jan-Dec calendar, but as you can imagine, I have a protocol that I follow too. That issue might be genetic because my daughter seems to have acquired it too. I think you have learned far too much about me today and what settles my mind! How do you keep your teaching sanity?