Creating Your Plan: Creating Strategic Teaching Plans

You are free to use any approach you wish.

  • You need not follow any particular process! Any approach that suits your style is fine.
  • Here we offer ideas for a few different approaches that can be used independently or combined.
  • Choose a practical approach for your style, knowing you can always take a simpler or deeper look any time you wish.

Be realistic and practical.

  • This is just a reminder that any efforts you make to create a Strategic Plan are for your own benefit, not to fulfill an obligation.
  • A sustainable and effective approach is fundamental in all areas of our life. If this is yet another task that makes you feel burdened or burnt out, it’s not meeting its purpose.
  • If you choose to embark on a new or different process than your usual, please remember that long-term success typically comes from beginning small and erring on the side of simplicity. Each small improvement in terms of time-savings, greater teaching impact, more marketing effectiveness or student feedback is a success.

Choose a format that works for you.

Consider your preferences for print vs. electronic format. Determine what process or combination of tools works best for you. Ideas include:

  • Type up a plan and print it out.
  • Keep links to topics in an email or electronic notes.
  • Take notes on your calendar.
  • Keep track of your plans in a notebook.
  • Draw out your ideas.
  • Use a different process.

Choose your planning structure.

Determine a structure that will most benefit you. You may wish to set your plans by season or by month. Perhaps you would like focus on a topic that you will cover in a series of classes, such as mudras or twists.

Following are more details related to planning around seasons, using philosophy or themes and progressively covering a class practice through a series of classes.