I love all things tech and use an online calendar from Google. I keep my lesson plans online and even use that calendar to plan my weeks. But in the last two years I have gone back to a lesson plan book, not exclusively, but in addition to my online lesson planning. There is something about writing down your plans and your thoughts. The book I have allows me to see a week at a time, which is how I plan.
I lay out my semester and decide what units I want to cover each week. Of course, there is something adjustment during the year, but for the most part, I stick to the plan I lay out. Then I plug my topics into my plan book and later I add my plans to my digital book. I keep digital files for two reasons:
- Ease of retrieval
- In case my administration needs them
If I want to see something I did three years ago I can search online if my plan books are not available. But I have found that having a planning book keeps me more organized. I can write down notes during class about a student, or where we left off in a particular class. I can clip notes inside my book about students or notes from parents. I also keep my syllabus in the back and then a weekly planning paper in the front. The weekly planning guide has my goals for each week such as:. I find it keeps me grounded and accountable.
- All things graded
- Email sent to my parents
- Week planned
- Read for the week
- Meet with my wife and plan week
- Continue on Google certification
I include personal and professional goals, these are the “Big Rocks” to use a metaphor from Dr. Covey. I find it keeps me grounded and accountable.
So to wrap up, I use the old fashioned lesson book to plan and as a sort of journal with notes, ideas and messages clipped to it and written in it. Even though I love technology, I have become a more organized teacher which leads to more time for me to do fun stuff, like RVing. Try it out and let me know what you think.
Until next time, peace.