Plan du jour
One of the most important routines I have in my classroom is to have a « plan du jour » clearly visible somewhere on my board.
Back when I started teaching, when there was so much to do, everything was brand new, I was still learning all the things and I didn’t have all the time in the world, I used to simply write my plan du jour, at the beginning of each period, on the blackboard. Even as an experienced teacher, I still love using this strategy.
However, teaching online during a pandemic meant my blackboard ways of writing my plan du jour on the board were not going to work. So, I created French Daily Slides that my students could see as soon as they joined my Google Meet.
I teach 6 classes, 3 different grades and my school runs on a 10 day cycle. I don’t see each class everyday. Which means on any given day I have no more than 2 classes that may be doing the same thing that day. So I make a separate set of Daily Slides for each class.
Although it may seem like a lot of work, I like to have my Daily Slides prepped for each class, and ready to go before the week begins, so that both me and my students know what to expect for class that day.
And one of the perks of using slides is that I can hyperlink all the digital resources I will need that day, so I don’t waste time during class searching for a file in my Google Drive.
I like to change my slides every month, at least, if not more often. At the beginning of a new month, it’s always so fun to see the students’ reactions when they come to class and see a new slide. They often look forward to it and I’ve also had students design slides for me themselves, which I’ve then used the following month or week.
I also like to create a matching Google Classroom header. It makes my teacher heart happy when things match. My students enjoy it too.
Trust me when I tell you, Daily Slides are a game changer!!
Curious to see what my Daily Slides and the matching Google Classroom headers look like? I’ll be sharing them soon. Keep an eye out!