I ran across someone making color coded school schedules at Shower of Roses blog. I saw it an was intrigued. I knew it wasn't going to work exactly the same way for us, but I loved the idea. In addition to the color coding (Suz...if you're reading this....I can't help it...I must have your colors too...) I've always color coded our schedules to some degree. The standard here is: if it's printed in black it's solo work, anything in red is to be done with me, and items printed in blue are group work. This year I added something extra...italicized orange for optional extra credit assignments.
When I saw the color coded schedules online I liked the way it was easy to see, at a glance, what was to come and if they were falling behind in something. I used to have each week's worth of assignments on 1 page. But, if they struggled with something and I needed to slow them down, I'd be A) flipping back to old lists or B) continually adjusting their lists or C) make the lists so vague we didn't really have a good feeling for where we were in the subject. Last spring, many of our 9th grader's classes finished early (co-op classes) and he asked for a complete listing of everything he had left. Since he had more time available he wanted to double up on things and get done with school early. It worked well.
So, tomorrow, my high schoolers will be given a packet for 1st quarter and a packet for 2nd quarter, each 4 pages. They will clearly see where they are heading in their classes (I hope anyway!) and what is expected. Their Greek Studies classes (Greek History, Greek Lit, Greek Essays, and Old Testament) have their own full lesson plans from STAA and it's simply too much to fit into a schedule like this, so for those classes I simply filled in dates assignments are due.
I'm a little too excited here. I just might wake them up right now...or not. I ended up color coding the weeks (rather than the quarters) to tie the them together. It's easier to glance down and see what is assigned for all the "orange" weeks rather than search for Week 5 or the dates.
|8/26-8/30||Become very familiar with the book|
|9/2-9/6||Read 4-5 w/Mom & Em||Read 146-148 & 18-19 w/Mom & Em||Make FANBOYS card||Make copies of tests to use|
|9/9-9/13||Do I, c/c, I Test p.149||Rework I, c/c, I section if test not 91% or higher||Retake test if needed|
|9/16-9/20||Do I Sub I Test p.150||Rework I Sub I section if test not 91% or higher||Retake test if needed|
|9/23-9/27||Do Sub, I,I Test p.151||Rework Sub I,I section if test not 91% or higher||Retake test if needed|
|9/30-10/4||Do I;I Test p. 152||Rework I;I section if test not 91% or higher||Retake test if needed|
|10/7-10/11||Study I;c/a,I p. 52 and define c/a on back of FANBOYS card||Do page 53|
|10/14-10/18||Do page 54|