Hello friends! I hope everyone is enjoying their break! I love to take this time and not really stress about school, but I do like to reflect on my teaching. How am I planning? Am I planning effectively? How can I get the most bang for my buck? Are you still writing out your plans each week? I felt like that was such a waste of time for me and it was one more thing that I needed to tote around. My lesson planner, my calendar, and my notebook! I need to simplify!
this year every year has been to get and stay organized. I had great binders. I have a place for everything. Now, I am finding that I have too much stuff…can I get an AMEN!? I have a new rule…anything that I have an electronic copy of, pitch it! YUP…throw that puppy away! I don’t need a hard copy. Why?! I do NOT! I have been working really hard at cleaning up all of my electronic files also. I want to make sure that I have them backed up! That is where Google Drive comes in. It is amazing. I can store my files there. I can access them from any computer. I can easily share them with my admin or team.
Let’s cut to the chase here…so in my “move everything to an electronic version” state of mind…I decided that I would make my plans electronic too. I want to be able to keep them each year and simply give them an update, if needed.
Make sure you name it simple to start with. For example, I named mine Lee Lesson Plans. You want to be pretty generic on your first one. This way when you are ready, you can duplicate it and THEN name it more specifically.
I always like to center my text also. It really is a personal preference.
Changing the font, here again, all personal preference. If you don’t mind the normal Arial font, then leave it. I do prefer other fonts…prettier to look at. It is a problem in my life. I accept it! LOL!
I only fill the headers with a color.
This part is tricky. I always choose the fit to data option. You could assign it a specific value if you would like. I sometimes have to go in a few times to fit to data for several columns.
I don’t put everything in my plans. For example, my morning work. I never write down what I am doing for morning work. I have a system that even the kids know. There is no need for me to put that in here. I only include things that change daily/weekly.
By entering these things first, it allows me to “duplicate” my plans for the following week. I don’t have to keep retyping.
I can share the plans with my team or even my principal when I have to turn them in. We are very lucky. We don’t have to turn in weekly plans. They can be very generic.
I hope that this helps you in some way. I tried to be as specific as I could, but if you have questions, or if you need help, then please email or even post it on my Facebook page!!
If you need some help getting started using Google, then I have found a couple of great resources for you! This one starts at the beginning!
My friend Mary over at Sharing Kindergarten, always has some great tech posts!! She has a few on Google. Here is a post (with video) on Google Forms.