I know this is not revolutionary, but while reflecting this break, I thought I’d try out using Google Calendar as a lesson planner. There are a few reasons why I chose to do so.
- I’m terrible with lesson plans. I keep them in my head. Then when I need to share what I’m doing, I have to remember then write it all down.
- This will help me stay on task and organized.
- It’s really not that hard to set up.
- Since it’s in a calendar, I can easily see what weeks are short, which days are minimum, and so on.
- Since it’s in Google Calendar, I can easily share the calendar or event(s) with various people.
- Now the Resource (Special Ed) teacher doesn’t have to hound me about what I’m doing. Bless her for putting up with my ‘organization’.
- I can easily share, therefore making collaboration that much easier.
- My partner teacher can add details and we can have a cohesive program.
- If I’m out and forget to leave lesson plans, anyone with access can quickly see what I’m doing. Still debating if I should make it open or restrict it to people who could help in a situation like that.
So here’s what I did. First, I created a new calendar and named it ‘Lessons’. Then I created an event for each section of my day and made sure it was created in the ‘Lessons’ calendar.
Remembering to make sure each event was repeated 5 days a week until the end of the school year.
Now you can share your ‘Event’ with someone. Select ‘Save’ to save the event.
And this is what my January looks like:
To add details to a subject/day, simply click the subject on the desired day and select ‘edit event’. Then add the details. So Monday, January 11 I will do the following in Math: