Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by ayotte04, Jun 8, 2007.
Jun 8, 2007
What is your favorite planning book to use (be specific)?
Or do you create your own?:thanks:
The Teacher's Daybook by Jim Burke. It is a bit pricier (about $15 as opposed to $4 or $5), but I like the way the days are laid out. There are no little squares that I have to try to fit my plans into. Instead, there is a row for each weekday across the two page spread, and I can put in the vertical lines where (if) I want them. I like that flexibility. I also like all of the forms and the calendars that are built in. Purchase of the book also gives you access to a website with printable forms.
My entire district uses Understanding By Design (UBD) by Grant Wiggins. http://www.grantwiggins.org/ubd.html
Here is a link with sample templates. http://www.pegasuscharter.org/strategy/Planning/LessonHelpPage.htm
Basically it is backward planning. Decide the standard(s) you want to teach and then work backward starting with the big idea/task you want students to be able to know/do at the end and design daily instruction. In the process you address standards, key essential questions, prior knowledge and skills, etc. I like it because it really forces me to think deeper into what I want the students to gain a deeper understanding of at the end of the unit.
Wow Pam. Thanks for the tip. I glanced at those templates and I like that there is space to reflect. Other teachers have told me that it's important to write down what you would change after a lesson otherwise you'll forget.
And Mrs. R I'm certainly going to look into your Jim Burke book. I don't mind paying a little more for something that works well with me.
I like the Elan books: http://www.elanpublish.com/
The dated planbooks come already dated (which can take forever otherwise!), have monthly calendars, and plenty of room for writing.
Jun 10, 2007
I use an original template in Word. It's two pages with 3 columns on each page. The first 5 columns are the days of the week, and the last column is for me to write notes, appointments, reminders, whatever.
Jun 11, 2007
I like the Ultimate planbook by Mailbox. There is plenty of space to write lesson plans and other notes. There are also teaching tips or journal topics for each week.
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