Get a jump start on lesson planning and organization for the fall with some helpful hints from veteran teachers. Whether you are looking for a new way to organize your books or just need a whole new bookkeeping system, these ideas are sure help. If you have a great tip for lesson plan organization, leave it below to share with other teachers!
Organizing Lesson Plans
In Colorado Springs, Colorado, multi-grade K-2 Teacher Susie, uses a trick that she learned early on in her teaching career to manage her lesson planning for the year. “Here’s a golden nugget of an idea I learned from my supervising teacher back in my student teaching days,” Susie says. “She showed me how, once a basic schedule and routine has been established for the school year, I could use permanent marker to jot the day-to-day routines and stationary events (e.g., lunch, gym, etc.) into my lesson plan book in black marker. She told me to then photocopy this template and glue it into the remaining pages of my lesson plan book. I could then jot weekly plans around these “never-changing” events. This tip has saved me plenty of quality time when writing lesson plans.”
Paula, a 3rd Grade Teacher in Davis, California uses labels to help her get organized. “I use my computer to print self-adhesive labels noting the special classes and services that dot our days – e.g., pull-outs, push-ins, library, computer classes, music classes, monthly assemblies, field trips, art classes, etc. Then as I’m preparing my lesson plans, I transfer the labels to my plan book so all the schedule interruptions are pre-entered. I also have a check-off sheet for new enrollments that may enter our class throughout the year,” she explains. “That way, I just check my list for supplies, tests, or other chores and assessments I need to attend to when a new student comes in during the school year. Both these management strategies are huge time savers!”
Now, let’s hear from you! What strategies do you use to help you organize your lesson plans and class records throughout the year? Share with us in the comments below or on the Really Good Teachers Forums!