I seem to plan more than most people. I have a financial plan, a 401K plan, a living will, a health care proxy, insurance plans, and a college savings plan for each of my two planned children. I’m planning a great vacation in August (yay!) I used to earn a living managing staffing plans, research plans, business plans, and plans that did not deserve to be called plans. Now I’m up to my elbows in lesson plans. Eric and I started with a ‘day on a page’ lesson plan for each day of summer camp – somehow now it has grown to a ‘day on 3 pages’ plan. The scary thing is, we’re not done yet.
Don’t get me wrong – plans have a purpose & they are (sometimes) a must. But, as a dear friend once reminded me, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” (I think John Lennon originated this one). So, as I wade through this massive lesson plan, my inner voice is telling me – go ahead and make that plan, but don’t miss those wonderful, spontaneous & unplanned ”teachable moments” that students throw your way. Sometimes the best plan is not to follow the plan.