3 Questions to Ask Before You Plan for Next YearLaToya Edwards
About halfway through our school year I get really excited about the upcoming year. In the past I would usually create a plan that I would end up regretting about halfway through the year. Noticing this pattern, I chose to make a change. I put my life coaching skills to work as I started evaluating our year before making plans for the upcoming school year. I found these three questions extremely helpful during that evaluation and planning process.
#1 What went well?
This is a very important place to start. When you are in planning mode, you can save yourself a lot of searching and stressing if you know what went well for that year.
Did you finally find a history curriculum that your entire family loved? Great! Stick with it for next year! If you figured out that your child will not complain about math if he can work on math facts in a mask and cape, stick with it.
Looking at the things that were successful for your year, will help you see the progress that you’ve made over the last few months. I have found that anytime that I can feel like I’ve accomplished something, it motivates me to keep going.
#2 What didn’t go well?
For the past four years there is always something that simply doesn’t go as planned.
- projects we didn’t get to
- curriculum that didn’t work for us
- scheduling that was a big flop
Just as you need to look at the success from the year, you also need to look at what didn’t work. Seeing what didn’t work will give you a starting point for making changes.
#3 What needs to change?
Here’s where some actual planning comes in. Take a look at the things you wrote down or thought about from #1 and #2 and note where changes need to be made. Do you need to find a new resource or curriculum all together? Maybe a minor tweak of how you use something you already have will be enough.
When I finished going over those 3 questions this past month, I realized that there wasn’t a lot that I needed to buy for next year. There were things that went really wrong this year (like math) that I found a good fix for and other things like nature study that we rocked!
What about you? How do you get started with your planning for next year?