Lesson planning is one of my favorite parts of teaching! It is a creative outlet, but that creativity can be stifled when the process is inefficient. When I first started teaching, I didn’t realize how daunting the task of lesson planning could become depending on the method used to write down lesson plans. I tried multiple methods of recording my lesson plans from handwriting them to typing them up using a template on Microsoft Word. These methods of lesson planning worked out alright for the most part, but there were a couple of recurring issues that I ran in to. Regardless of which method I used, my lesson plans were difficult to edit and I found myself writing the same information over and over again. Also, when I was trying out hand writing my plans I had to lug around my lesson plan binder back and forth from home to school. If I forgot the binder, it was difficult to plan.
Since efficiency is key in this profession where we already have so much paperwork to complete in a timely fashion, why make any task more difficult than it needs to be? This is the thought that got me researching ways that other teachers do their plans last summer. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and came across an online lesson plan book called Planboard. There were multiple features of Planboard that attracted me to the website. I think you will find them attractive as well.
When using Planboard you have the ability to
- Create a lesson plan template that automatically shows up each and every day. While the lesson plan template is in use, all you have to do is fill in the blanks. If you need to edit or change something you can easily copy and paste your plans from one day to another.
- Upload standards to your lesson plans. On the website there are standards that have been uploaded by other educators that you can use in your own plans. Or, if you can not find the standards you need, you can type them in or upload them yourself. Once your standards are uploaded it is as simple as a click of a button to add them to each lesson plan that you write.
- Easily share lessons with students, parents, administrators, and colleagues. Planboard has a share button that allows you to send a link via email. The recipient of the link then has the ability to view your plans. This is great for collaborating with your colleagues. The World History team at my school would share plans weekly using the share button on Planboard.
- Upload resources that go along with your lesson plans. With this feature everything is, quite literally, at your fingertips.
- Copy or move whole lessons from one day to another with a click of a button. Plans change often. The fact that it was so simple to adjust my plans as needed was definitely one of the most attractive features of this website.
- Access your plans from anywhere you have an internet connection. The need to carry around a large notebook or binder to house your plans is nonexistent when you use Planboard. We already bring enough papers home with us, why add more when it’s not necessary?
I used Planboard as my primary method of lesson planning for the duration of the 2015-2016 school year. Now, I am completely convinced that it is the easiest and most convenient way to create and share lesson plans. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?