By Phinashia Page, Hida RPA
It's November! The month for stuffing our faces, decorating for the winter holidays, and realizing our planning systems could probably do with a bit of an update. Or is that last one just me? Whether I'm alone in that last point or not, I'd like to share how I use my planner as an ALT.
I personally use the Bullet Journal system (you can learn more about it at the official website here) as a planner, but I hope that you can find at least one idea to help you stay organized and on top of things.
I keep a record of all of my vacation days and which classes I am scheduled to visit on my monthly and future views. Everything else ALT-specific can be split into 3 major categories: Class-Related, Professional Development, and Personal.
This category includes anything that helps me keep class-related information in one location. I mainly keep lists of materials to make for class, activities I may be able to use, and anything related to planning and preparing for classes. Big projects, like preparation for holiday-themed activities and classes, get their own sections. I also keep basic information (phone number, class schedule, class size, etc.) for each school I work at and kindergarten I visit; having the class sizes written down really helps when I'm making materials.
Anything that has the potential to make me a better ALT or helps me gain skills that are useful belongs here. The 4 most recent SDCs each have their own section of notes. The TEFL course I took also has a couple of dedicated pages. I also include things like notes on how to teach numbers, grammar points I wanted to look up, and notes from ALT meetings.
This is the place for anything that's not directly related to being an ALT, but still has a bit of a tie-in. The two types of planning that belong here are studying for the JLPT (countdowns, study logs, etc.) and time-tracking. The JLPT study logs help me remember what I studied and when.
I did the time tracking for a few months, and I think it really helped me see where I was spending my time and set weekly goals to better manage my time. Currently, I only track the amount of time I spend studying.
Thanks for sticking around until the end! I hope you were able to find something that you can use in your own planning system.