The beginning of the school year is such a busy time! It's hard to keep track of everything that needs to be done but so important to start the year off on a positive note! As an Instructional Coach, the more organized and prepared I am at the beginning of the year the better my coaching and support of teachers will be. With that in mind, here is my list of "Must Do's" to help me get ready for an awesome school year.
Instructional Coach's Beginning of Year To Do List:
I created this printable checklist so nothing gets forgotten. Every year I created this list anyway- it's just that I used to write it out on sticky notes and lose it! Perhaps you will find this list useful as well.
Use today to make a difference!
Before I started using a Bullet Planner, I wasted a lot of time, effort and money trying and rejecting various calendars, notebooks and planners. I couldn't seem to find one that really fit my style. They were all too big, too bulky, had too many pages I didn't need, or had page layouts that just didn't work for me.
Last year, when I was coaching at four different elementary schools, my need to find a good planner became more important than ever. With so many administrators, teachers and students to support, I found it harder and harder to keep everything straight. One day, while searching for yet another solution, I Googled "Minimalist Planner" and happened upon a YouTube video (embedded below) describing a Bullet Journal. As is always the case with YouTube, one video quickly led to ten more. One hour and multiple videos later, I was pretty sure I had found the solution to planning I had been looking for. I immediately grabbed an old drugstore notebook and set it up to give it a try.
Here are pictures of my first little notebook bullet planner.
There is certainly nothing fancy or artistic about it, but it was a great way to jump in and give Bullet journaling a try. In a very short period of time knew I had found the planner I was looking for. Who would of thought something so simple could be the best solution of all? With the start of a new school year looming, I am making a few modifications to set up this year's planner. I'm sharing it in hopes other coaches will find it useful as well!