Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Sticky Note Lesson Plan Book

I made a template for a new Lesson Plan Book this year.  (Smart young colleague/former student has designed her own lesson plan book for several years.  I'm not quite as organized as she is, so what works for her needed some tweaking for me.) My book has room for notes in the squares, but the actual lesson plan will be on a sticky note that covers the square.  (Underneath it will also be a great place for notes on what went well or what needs to be changed.) It will also be super easy to pull the note off and attach it to the next day when schedules are interrupted.

I teach two classes, so with only two preps, the template is set up for my schedule.  Also, we are on a 7 period schedule, not a block.  It shouldn't be hard to adapt this to a block schedule.

It was important to me to see a whole week at a time, so I designed my template in Landscape rather than portrait.

Each day of the week will have a sticky note with the day's plans. The letters and numbers that are in each square are just reminders to me. (For Reading/English Op Class, they are time to spend on Vocabulary, Reading and Writing. And for English they are simply Bell Work, Standard, and Closing.)

There are 6 squares a week, so the final square is for things I need to remember, methods that worked, data, or even a to-do list.

Since Tiny Town High has an in-house printing company, I had them print my lesson plan book.  (I know there are companies that will do it for you.)  The companies allow you to design your own cover, add calendar pages, monthly reminders, etc.  I love our in-house company. She consulted me on weight of paper, binding, and cover arrangement.  (The binding below is temporary.  We needed a larger size, which had to be ordered, and this one will be replaced the first week of school.)

My Essential Standards are printed on the back of my Cover.

I know it won't take long for me to figure out a few changes that I need to make for next year.  I'll let you know how it goes with a sticky note lesson plan book.  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. I love your version, Mrs. E! Sticky Notes?! Genius. Maybe if I did that, I could actually enjoy my next snow day in lieu of hovering over my plan book with an eraser.