Those who use Binders for Plan Books

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  1. arm605

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    I have been hearing about people using 3-ring binders and their own format as their plan book. I am just curious as to why you chose to go this route, what you all include in the binder (do you add more detailed papers for Daily 5, math workshop, etc.?), and how you feel about the bulkyness of it??? I typically bring my plan book home each night....ugh!

    I use a store made spiral bound plan book, but will be doing Daily 3 and math workshops this year, which will probably require additional sheets anyways. So I am looking for ideas and opinions!
     
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    ...I go this route because it's all I've know and have ever done :)
    It's easy to add to, especially when I have a sub and need to leave extra notes or group children, and it's great for workshop notes. I type up my plans, though, so only print them and put them in my binder to hand to my principal or sub--other than that, I just carry around my flashdrive to/from work. Yes, it's bulky but I never carry the "bulky" part around (it's on my computer), and I also get a new binder for each teaching term.
     
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    I don't teach exactly the same thing you do, but I went to my own plans in a binder for several reasons -

    -preprinted plans never seemed to fit my needs exactly so I came up with something that works for me

    -I can add anything I want - for example, I copy their information and permission forms and put them in a section so I have everything for calls home.

    -I can have pockets to put papers in.

    -I put a section for flyers for upcoming events so they are easy to find

    I teach preschool and adult school so I could have sections for both so I'm not hauling around two books.

    Anyway, it works for me - you can use a skinny binder if you want. Plus there are lots of pretty ones out there now.
     
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    We have a parish (county) format that we use on the computer. I have tweaked it a little to fit my teaching/planning/reading style. I like doing it this way rather than the book because it's just easier. If it's something that is simple, then I can give it just a little space. If it's something that's more detailed, I can write it all out. Also when I stray and don't get everything done, I can just copy and paste rather than rewriting it all or just saying "See Thursday". I don't bring my planner home, but when I finish my plans I email a copy to myself. That way I can have access to them with packing the binder.
     
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    I have a binder with plans that stays on my desk. I don't take it back and forth. I type up all my plans on my computer, so they're easy to access.

    I have a separate binder where I keep my CAFE/Daily 5 stuff.
     
  7. Brendan

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    You could make your own plan book for the year and then have it Spiral bound at Staples.
     
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    I have only used my own format for as long as I've been teaching. As PP's have said, it is very easy to add/adjust the plans to fit my needs. Typing the plans allows me to fit a lot more information for each day and subject because I can change the size of the font (I have big handwriting so I usually can't fit much in those little boxes on the ones sold in stores). Since all of my plans are saved on my portable hard drive, I don't have to worry about carrying my binder around. I have dividers in it for each month to make it easier to find specific plans. In the front of my plan binder I have a section for our county's curriculum pacing guides and state standards for my grade level. I absolutely love using a binder :wub:
     
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    My first year using a binder, it was a half inch binder so it was quite small. I now use a one inch binder because I include other things in the tabs. I keep the pacing guides for my district, seating charts, UA groups, and school memos.

    A one inch binder really isn't bulky at all.
     
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    I love using my typed up format for several reasons:
    - I hate eraser marks on my book so I can always adjust on the computer.
    -If there is a surprise assembly I can copy and paste what I was going to do into the next day or the next week.
    -The boxes adjust to the size of the lesson Im teaching or where my students are. I dont need a huge box to write "Art and Lunch".
    -It also makes it easy to hand in because we are allowed to email our plans.
     
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    I use a binder because I type my lesson plans in word. :)
     
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    We are required to keep a data notebook. It contains everything from student test scores to teacher lesson plans. That notebook never leaves the school. Way too heavy :eek: It's just a quick reference for me, and any administration who comes in to look through it. Like a pp said, I type my lesson plans and never have to carry a bulky binder home.
     
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    I use a binder, but it's small; I think only half an inch. I like that I can add other things to it, like worksheets, Literacy Menu, reminders of upcoming events, etc.
     
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    I use a binder so that I can make easy changes to the format if necessary.
    I also keep copies of the standards, and my list of read alouds and poems for the year in it.
     
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    We enter our plans through our online grade book and also had to print them out and turn them in this year. I have a Word template that I type my plans into and then just copy and paste them. I print a copy and place these into a binder on my desk just in case I would have a sub or visitor in the room.

    Also in this binder are: class list, emergency contact info for myself and kids that I type into a simple spreadsheet, emergency plans (tornado, fire, lockdown, etc.), lunch count/attendance procedures and a few spare forms, lunch calendar, lists of groups (reading, math, etc.) that I know would work well together, schedule of student comings and goings for pull-out, daily schedule, 5 minute filler ideas (games, quick writes, etc.) for subs

    I'm sure there is more in there and while it seems like a lot, I fit it all into a 1/2 in. notebook with page protectors. I keep all of this information on my falshdrive so I rarely remove it from my desk but I feel like I'm covered anytime someone else is in my room.
     
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    Like PPs, I type (and save!) my LPs in MS Word. They are archived on my "brain" (USB hard drive), so that is all I transport back & forth. My official Lesson Plan Binder (4", but it lasts all year) stays on a bookcase, just inside my door, and is for my P and visitors to view. If I need a copy of a plan (sometimes I do for math), I print an extra for my desk - otherwise, I have them on my computer(s). I keep a notepad handy, and that's where I make anecdotal observations and comments about the LPs and their effectiveness - I adjust my plans accordingly. The great thing about archiving my plans digitally is that the next year, I already have MOST of the info typed in already! I have to change dates, student info (groups, etc.), and specific details, but the lesson information (basal) stays the same. Oh, and I have a "student information" (2") binder behind my teacher table (no desk). It contains contact/medical information, discipline papers, permission slips, documentation, etc. My grade/attendance binder (1") is also behind my desk. I have file folders for student assessments and papers. If I know in advance that I will have a sub, I type a HUGELY detailed lesson/schedule and leave it with all necessary papers & books on my teacher table. Otherwise, I have an emergency sub tub that contains generic plans and papers and books, etc. Sorry for rambling....
     
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    I've never used a lesson plan book for anything more than my notes to myself-the spaces were always too small for me and I taught more for reading, for example than just one box worth. I also type mine-but in Excel, save, print. Can just go in and change what I need to for the next week. I do also include what I'm doing with them in small group and workstations and I don't take it home, just add the next week's plans after I've printed them.
     
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    When picturing myself using a binder and creating my own template, I guess I just envisioned myself handwriting in my plans. I like technology, but I also like being able to write in my plans wherever I am! Plus, I get ticked off at word when it doesn't let you do something you want it to! Was it an adjustment to go to typing them? Do you write them somewhere else as a rough run, and then type them as a final run?
    Thanks for all the great feedback! I am excited about the binder...just need to figure out the size of the binder and whether or not to type!
     
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    I don't know about anyone else, and it is VERY possible that someone else has a MUCH better way, but here is how I plan (for reading):

    1. I use MS Word tables, rather than Excel, because Word doesn't limit the number of words you can type into the cells - Excel does, and sometimes my plans are wordy
    2. I use the header section for lesson number/title, date, etc. I use the footer section (with another table) for small group information, differentiation methods, 504 requirements, etc.
    3. On my desk, I have my basal (required), in which I have made notes to myself on post-its, placed on strategic pages, any supplemental "teacher" texts (Daily 5, Growing Readers, Units of Writing, etc.), any file folder games, and a list of computer activities, writing activities, read-alouds, etc. that I may want to use
    4. I go through my basal's (Storytown) daily pages, picking what I have to use, and supplementing it with what I want/my students need to supplement with, and list them in my tables, with each page for 1 day's instruction

    Geez, I hope this makes sense! I went through MANY different LP formats, and finally, this was one that made sense to me and to my P.

    Here, this might make it easier - it's a link to the page: http://pwhatley.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/example-first-grade-storytowndaily-5-reading-plan/

    We use a totally different form for Math, and still another one for Science/SS/Health, and I'm still working them out!:dizzy:
     
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    Thanks for sharing your example! WOW on 2 levels: 1. You have plans done already! 2. You have A LOT of detail in your plans!
    I am very fortunate in that we don't have many requirements for our lesson plans. We basically need to write what we plan on doing, and make it possible for a sub to walk in and teach. We don't have to write anything with objectives, standards, etc. I think I have it very easy!
     
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    LOL, thanks for the complement! Please note that there are many factors in my "premade" plans that are subject to change - especially student info. I did make notes on my plans last year, and I'm using them to enhance my plans this year!
     
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    binder

    I use a binder so that I can keep other things with my plans, calendars, state standards, lists, student info, etc. I like writing in my plans each week. (old school) and I can change the format anytime. I also don't have to be as specific as some of the posters. I always type up more specific plans for subs. Since I have 3 sections and only teach Reading and S.S. I don't need as much space as many do.
     
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    I use a binder because it allows me to write my plans as I want. Also, it has more room to write out my plans.
     
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    WOW... those are some awesome plans!! I don't know if it is fortunate or unfortunate that I don't have to include as many details in my plans as you do. Regardless, you have given me some inspiration!
     
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    I use a binder because none of the preprinted blocks in the plan books you can buy worked for me. I was constantly drawing lines down squares to divide them in half, and then that was too small to actually do any planning on....so I adjust and make my pages exactly as I need them. I still write on them in pencil myself, no planning on the computer, but each day can look different for the week, and I can make some blocks (snack, outside time) really small, while others (literacy centers) are much, much bigger. For the parts of the day that don't change much, or only change monthly, I can type the activities and objectives right onto the form before I print it out - like snack, outside time, calendar, journal writing, etc.

    I buy myself a really nice Vera Bradley binder, new, each year so that I don't mind carrying it back and forth so much!


    It is also a one-inch. I have tabs in the back that I use to print (and store) the principal's weekly communiques, a class contact list, blank paper for faculty meeting minutes, and information for the human relations committee, which I chair.
     
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    I too use a binder and also type plans on the computer. I found a template of a planbook and changed it to fit my needs. II started this last year and it is the first year I actually kept up with my plans!

    This year (since I didnt have internet for over a month due to problems w our complex) I have the first 9 weeks done (bare bones, but there) and I feel good about myself.

    In my binder I keep all of my curriculum documents and important information. I also keep my gradebook /sheets in the binder. I like to keep a paper gradebook as well as the computerized one, I am always afraid of losing that information!

    I got tired of my paper planbook falling apart, and since my principal KNOWS I do them and save them on my computer, he doesnt make me turn them in! :)
     
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    I have to do mine on the computer because I am required to save them to a cd at the end of the year.
     
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    I haven't read all the comments, so sorry if I'm repeating.
    I used my own lay out & 3 ring binder. I liked it because I had the basic weekly layout in my computer then I could just work on them at my leisure. I used the plastic sleeve covers when I put them in my binder. I also liked that I could just pull it out if i wanted to.
    When I had a sub I would do a seperate lesson plan.
     
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    I agree! I use a 1 inch binder, and I include plans, grade book, standards and reading plans in my binder. I take out my lesson plans and put into a different binder at the end of each quarter, so the bulkiness is not there. I take my lesson plan binder home each night.
     

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