The other day at work I set out to find a solution to the current time consuming way I plan lessons. I’ve worked at many different schools and sometimes I have been required to write and submit lesson plans and sometimes it is not required. When I worked at a school that required it for two years I just got into the habit. I know it is time consuming and many veteran teachers scoff at it, but I feel like writing out my lesson plans traditionally (like it was required to in college) helps me know the end goal of the lesson. I’m always the type of person who likes to plan things out. So even though my current school doesn’t require it, I still do it.
For the past three years my method has been this:
1. Type up the lesson plan on a format that my former school gave us. Print it out and give it to my co-teachers.
2. Name the lesson plan Unit: #1 (sequential number for each lesson).
3. Go over to my notebook planner and label the calendar for each lesson (Ex: On a certain date, write “Anne Frank #4”)
4. Place the lesson and all materials for the lesson in order in a large binder labeled with the year.
Exhausting. And easy to get behind on. So that’s why I needed an easier way. It took me awhile because sometimes I get so ingrained in habits it’s hard to try something new. But I’m glad I did! I found this website and app, Planboard, that I can use and combines all the things I have been doing into one.
You can type up the lesson and add common core standards automatically. This was a pain in the butt before, I was actually copying and pasting the standards from a PDF that the state gave us.
You can look through the database of common core standards, or add your own.
This puts each lesson you type up on the specified day. Eliminating my need to go between my binder and my lesson plan book. ALSO you can print all the lessons at once, or you can email them. So this means I can email them to my co-teachers without having to print and hunt them down. Awesome.
Glad I could share this tool with my fellow teachers. It takes a minute of playing around with it to figure it out but I promise it’s well worth it. Oh….did I mention it’s FREE. That’s the best thing. Because through my searching the other day I found many of these tools and this was the only one that was free.
Does your school require you to do lesson plans?
Any cool digital planning tools I should know about?