This is an example of what my handwritten lesson plans have looked like for 18 years. Of course the content has changed, but the neatness has never wavered. When people look at my writing, I fess up that I'm a freak of nature. My world is naturally symmetrical and just so. When it comes to writing lesson plans, this is a time consuming way to be, so this summer I've had a goal to do away with the lesson plan book and try a more 21st century approach. I'm going with the lesson plan binder, and I'm typing my plans. My little fingers on the keyboard are sure to save me some time.
This is my binder cover. (My pastor's been saying that we're highly favored, greatly blessed, and deeply loved. There will be days when I'll need this little reminder.)
This is page one of my lesson plan template. I've got a Mac, and I found out after much trial and error and some wise advice that Pages was the best program to use for this project.
This would be page two. A lot of information is missing. I'll have to wait until August to know more specifics of my schedule.
One thing I like about a lesson plan book is the ability to look ahead and schedule things for future months. I decided I'd have to include monthly calendars for this purpose. Fun for First inspired me to include a note section with each month, although check out theirs. They're so much prettier than mine.
I created some first grade at-a-glance common core documents that are perfect for my binder. It's nice to have all the standards on one or two pages. This is the math one, which is all yours in one click. (Click here and here to get copies of the first grade ELA common core in the same format.)
Brian Cambourne is going to hang out in my binder as well. These are his conditions for learning. It might be nice to keep handy. (Click on the picture for your own copy.)
Have you heard of Brain Rules by John Medina? It's a great book. Anyway, I want a reminder of what brains need in my binder too. (Click on the picture to get yours.)
I'm guessing this binder of mine will collect more as time goes on. Hopefully it will help me to be a more efficient and better teacher.