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Old 06-02-2019, 11:36 AM
 
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Anyone who is a special's teacher use planbook.com? I am moving into a position where I will teach every class once a week. I thought I would get a head start on organizing myself by preparing my plan book, but I can't figure out how it should look. Do I make a different class template for every single class? That means I have to make a bunch. I guess I could make them by grade level since most of those lessons should be similar... They could be coded the same color.

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Well, I'm not a specialist teacher, but if I were, I would make each grade level its own color and, like you said, create a template for each grade.

I have 10 different templates, but my usual looks like this:

Goal:

Lesson Notes:


My goal is simply the "I Can" statement for the kids, and it's what I write on my focus wall. I just write what I'm teaching and how under the lesson notes. For math I have an added line for homework, as that's the subject that typically has homework.
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I'm not a specialist either. The only problem I see with doing it by grade level is if the classes end up on different lessons due to an assembly, fire drill, weather day, etc. Then you would want to extend the lesson to the following week for only the class that missed it. If you can just skip a missed lesson for one class, then grade levels would work just fine I think.

**Just read the comments above and below me. You could definitely use one template for everybody. I was thinking more along the lines of the entire grade level lesson. I put as much info in the template as possible and then just fill in the blanks.

Obj: Students will be able to ____________
Text: N.G. Exploring Science, p. _________.
Lesson:

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It’s a little different for me because I am an elective teacher in a middle school. When I taught all subjects for one class in elementary, I had more lessons to prepare!

I use a different color for each grade level, but the same template.


Daily Learning Outcome:
By the end of class today, you will be able to

Bell Ringer:

Hook/Intro:

Lesson/Learning Activity: -

Closing:

If a class doesn’t meet or is cut short due to fire drill, field trip, or whatever, I just make a note in the lesson for that hour class to do a mini lesson or simplify the work in order to catch up.
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I teach electives in middle school. My classes meet daily, but only for one quarter. My time slots stay the same all year, so, for example, third period is always 7th grade. I thought it would be most helpful for me to know the grade level, so I assigned each grade level a color and used the color for the time slot throughout the year. Then I wrote the course name and section number in each class block. (I have a lot of repeats, so I need to know whether a class is, say, section 2 or 3 so I can find it in the online gradebook.) I made homeroom and lunch/planning different colors. I use the event form to add things like assemblies. I don't use Planbook templates; I don't need to get that complicated.


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I don't use planbook.com but I wrote my lesson plans using Google Sheets. I created a tab for each grade level. I wrote one lesson plan per grade level for that week's rotation. You would need a system to make note of any schedule changes due to assemblies, field trips, or you being absent because students won't tell you that you skipped a lesson. Hope this helps.
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I use Planbook and I love it.

However, Planboard is a FREEversion of the same basic idea. Iíd go with that!
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When you're a specials teacher, you typically work off of grade levels. You write "4th grade" plans, not Ms. Brown's class (though you may adjust based on different things). I would just make a set per grade level.

Most of the time, I prepared lessons for K and 1, 2 and 3, 4 and 5, and 6th or K, 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6th.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:33 PM
 
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My DH is a specials teacher. He has one plan for each grade level.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:42 PM
 
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I would do them by grade level and color code each grade level. You can do "add lesson title" to put in the teacher's name to remind you of who is coming that day. It will show up in bold at the top.

MissESL, I'm going to check out planboard! I don't like change but I also don't like that planbook raised the price to $15.


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Haley, free is great, but being able to view previous yearsí lessons is worth the $3.00 for me!
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:09 AM
 
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I agree that $3 is worth keeping old lessons available. I paid for a couple years the last time I did it so I didnít have to mess with it for a while.

I went ahead and put in all classes as separate classes but coded the grade levels the same. We are a STEM school, and some classesmight be slightly differently focused on PBLís, so I may have to adjust lessons a little differently anyway.

Thanks for the advice. It looks pretty. Now to figure out where to start on a whole new focus next year. Yikes!
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