If you're anything like me, you love colour. Bright, bold, eye-catching hues just make me smile. You may be wondering why the Zivia teacher planners use so much of it. Well, let me tell you, there's a method to our madness!
Now, you might be thinking. "But why does each day need its own colour? Can't we just use black and white like we've been doing since the invention of chalkboards?" Well, my friends, let me tell you: colour coding is a game-changer. It's like discovering the answer key to a particularly tricky test question.
Think about it. As a teacher, your brain is already working overtime to keep track of lesson plans, assessments, parent-teacher meetings, and all the other tasks that come with the territory. By using colour coding, you can take some of the mental load off and make your life easier.
First, colour coding is a handy tool for staying organised. Each day of the week in our planners have specific colours assigned to them. For instance, Monday is pink, Tuesday is blue, Wednesday is purple, and so on. By assigning different colours to different days, you can quickly and easily distinguish between them at a glance.
By using consistent colours for each day, you can quickly and easily identify which day you're looking at, even if you're flipping through the pages. It's like having your own little rainbow to brighten up the school week!
Studies have shown that using colour can improve memory retention and recall. When you associate a particular colour with certain information, your brain is more likely to remember it later. So, not only will you be able to find things more quickly, but you'll also be able to remember them better when you're in the middle of teaching and can't quite remember what digraph you were supposed to teach today.
I hope that explains the reason we use so much colour in our planners. It isn't just because it looks pretty (although it definitely does!). It's because colour coding is a powerful organisational tool that can help you stay on top of your game and achieve your goals. Plus, it's just plain fun!
Here are some more great ways you can use colour coding in your classroom:
- Use colours to organise your classroom library. Group books by genre or reading level and assign each category a different colour. This can make it easier for students to find the books they're interested in and encourage them to read more.
- Colour code your stationery. Assign each stationery item a different colour and store them in matching tubs. This makes it easy to find what you need and helps keep your classroom tidy.
- Use colours to differentiate between different types of assignments. For example, use yellow for homework, blue for classwork, and green for projects. This helps students understand the importance and urgency of each task.
- Colour code your bulletin board. Use a different colour for each topic or theme, and ensure all related materials are displayed together. This makes it easier for students to understand the information and adds a pop of colour to your classroom.