Program Schedule

Here are some important things to remember when setting your BR class schedule:

❏   Identify Holidays – Use your notes about holidays, pro-D days, and special school events from your Teacher Meeting to map out your schedule.  Hint: Don’t schedule your lessons close to the Christmas holidays as most schools almost always have special activities that pop up. 

❏    Start & End time – We recommend starting in October and ending in May, if you are teaching once a week.  Check if your schedule allows the Food lessons to happen when food can be grown, or if Earth Day activities happen near Earth Day.

❏    Check the Order – The BR lessons are designed to be taught in a particular order to build the students’ knowledge as they progress throughout the program.

❏    Teacher Taught – Check that your schedule so that you don’t have a Teacher Taught lesson after school breaks (Xmas, spring break). Your teacher may have an open schedule that would allow them to teach the Research or Prep TT lessons during the same week that you bring an Educator Led lesson into the classroom.  Check with your teacher to see what would work best for them. Check Schedule B below to see how this could work.

❏    Include EcoChallenge –  EcoChallenge activities and additional Earth Day events can add additional class time to your schedule. It’s okay if you don’t know your exact plan at this time as long as you are open to having your schedule adapt and change over the year.

❏    Remember the Chunks – When setting your schedule, also please make sure that certain lessons are not separated by school holidays. Check that the following are together:

Chunk 1 – Garbology, History of Waste, It’s All From the Earth

Chunk 2 – Lifecycle, Lifecycle Research, Lifecycle Presentations, Closing the Loop

Chunk 3 – Our Energy, Energy Research, Path of Power, Debate Prep, Energy Debates

Chunk 4 – Sustainability, EcoFootprint

Chunk 5 – True Cost of Food, Good Food Field Trip, Real Food Potluck

❏    Include Mini Meetings – Don’t forget to add these into your schedule. These meetings will help you and your teacher with planning, Teacher Taught lesson support and scheduling.  Make sure they are evenly spaced throughout the program. If you are teaching one a week, we recommend meeting in the New Year (before 2nd teacher taught, to iron out the schedule, prep for debate, EcoChallenge check-in), then one around Spring Break (plan food lessons, field trips, Earth Day, EcoChallenge check-in).

❏    Flexible Lessons – There are certain lessons that are more flexible in where they can be placed in the schedule if need be. These include Waste Field Trip, Papermaking, Our Changing Climate, Transportation (be very careful if rescheduling this one as it is a TT), Our Water and Fishing for Sustainability.

❏    Schedule Example – Draft an example of your whole year schedule and the Review the example schedule below

❏    Confirm with your Teacher – Send a draft of the schedule to your teacher.  Although it is important to have a larger vision about the whole program schedule, it can be nice to focus on communicating just about the schedule just till Christmas break. Ask for your teacher to review the draft and see if they see any conflicts. Keep adjusting until it works. Recognize that the schedule will most likely change with unforeseen school events, etc.

 

Included below is a printable Lesson Schedule Chart that can be a handy reference for both you and your teacher.  Ideally, this should also be included in your Teacher Manual.

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE EXAMPLES

Included below is an example to help you set your BR schedule. Please note that this is not how every BR schedule should look, but just one example. Please note that your schedule to include your extra days for Earth Day and the EcoChallenge activities.

SCHEDULE A – This schedule includes a week for each of the TT lessons, a spring Waste Field trip, and a two-lesson Earth Day activity. Note that no lessons are taught on either side of the Christmas holidays as this is an extremely busy time of year. Also, the Real Food Potluck and Good Food Field Trip events are scheduled in the same week.

  • 2nd week of October – Garbology
  • 3rd week of October – History of Waste
  • 4th week of October – It’s All From the Earth
  • 1st week of November – It’s A Plastic World
  • 2nd week of November – Lifecycle of Stuff
  • 3rd week of November – Lifecycle Research TT
  • 4th week of November – Lifecycle Presentations
  • 1st week of December – Closing the Loop TT
  • 2nd week of December – Papermaking
  • – CHRISTMAS BREAK –
  • 1st week of January – Our Changing Climate
  • 2nd week of January – Our Energy TT
  • 3rd week of January – Energy Research TT
  • 4th week of January – Path of Power
  • 1st week of February – Debate Prep
  • 2nd week of February – Energy Debates TT
  • 3rd week of February – EcoFootprint
  • 4th week of February – Sustainability
  • 1st week of March – Earth Day – Trash2Treasure
  • 2nd week of March – Transportation TT
  • – SPRING BREAK –
  • 1st week of April – Our Water
  • 2nd week of April – Fishing for Sustainability
  • 3rd week of April – Earth Day – Trash2Treasure
  • 4th week of April – True Cost of Food TT
  • 1st week of May – Good Food Field Trip
  • 2nd week of May – Real Food Potluck
  • 3rd week of May – Waste Field Trip
  • 4th week of May – We Are Nature

 

SCHEDULE B- This schedule includes having some of the TT lessons to take place during the same week that the Educator led lessons are taught, a one-day Earth Day activity, and three EcoChallenge projects. Note that no lessons are taught on either side of the Christmas holidays as this is an extremely busy time of year. Also, the Real Food Potluck and Good Food Field Trip events are scheduled in the same week.

  • 2nd week of October – Garbology
  • 3rd week of October – History of Waste
  • 4th week of October – Waste Field Trip
  • 1st week of November – It’s All From the Earth
  • 2nd week of November – It’s A Plastic World
  • 3rd week of November – Lifecycle of Stuff & Lifecycle Research TT
  • 4th week of November – Lifecycle Presentations
  • 1st week of December – Closing the Loop TT
  • 2nd week of December – Papermaking
    – CHRISTMAS BREAK –
  • 1st week of January – Our Changing Climate
  • 2nd week of January – Our Energy TT & Energy Research TT
  • 3rd week of January – EcoChallenge
  •  week of January – Path of Power
  • 1st week of February – Debate Prep
  • 2nd week of February – Energy Debates TT
  • 3rd week of February – EcoFootprint
  • 4th week of February – Sustainability
  • 1st week of March – Our Water
  • 2nd week of March – Fishing for Sustainability
  • SPRING BREAK –
  • 1st week of April – EcoChallenge
  • 2nd week of April – Transportation TT
  • 3rd week of April – Earth Day – Cinema Showcase
  • 4th week of April – True Cost of Food TT
  • 1st week of May – Good Food Field Trip & Real Food Potluck
  • 2nd week of May – EcoChallenge
  • 3rd week of May – We Are Nature

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