Years ago, when I first started teaching, I was sooooo excited to get a plan book. I wanted to fulfill those childhood games of playing teacher with a brand spanking new, beautifully organized plan book ... something that I would carry around and look very official. Well, that beautiful, organized, cool looking plan book didn't exist in art - at least not that I could find. So, I made my own. I created a pages document based specifically on my school schedule. The look of it changes slightly every year due to the amount of classes I'm teaching and my design preferences but below you'll find a few examples to get the idea.
I used the lesson planning sheets above when I had five classes a day. I read down vertically throughout the day to plan and follow my lesson plans.
To the right is an example of my lesson plan book when I have up to 6 classes a day. I read across horizontally to keep track of everything. As you can see, the template below is filled in with my class schedule as well. I would suggest putting in basic information about classes so you and a possible substitute can keep track easier. I usually put the class code and times near the top of the box.
Click on any of the examples to download the free, blank templates.
If you like to have more room to write and draw the template to the left might be more up your alley. I used this a few years ago and it is nice to have a bigger area to keep track of lessons as well as school events. I should mention, no matter the space I have to write - I use this lesson plan book to serve as a guide for quick planning and reminders of key vocabulary, process, and content. I house my full lesson plans in binders that I keep separate. I find that full lesson plans are too hefty to sift through while teaching, much less to lug between two schools. I review those before teaching for the week and use this book as a daily guide.
Due to the larger writing space on the template to the left, a week worth of plans takes up four pages, rather than 2 like the templates above. The bonus on this one is you have a Lesson Planning outline sheet as well.
The Lesson Plan Outline sheet helps me organize my thoughts when I'm first developing a lesson. It includes spots to write skills and concepts, the activity steps, and assessment practices ... plus my administration loved it. You can download the Lesson Plan Outline sheet by itself here.
After choosing the template that works best for you (or designing your own!) I would reccomend combining it with class lists to keep track of grades, a copy of your schedule, and curriculum as well as any other relevant classroom or building information. With all of those materials you have one, easy to manage, cool to carry around (in a third grader playing school sense) book. I take mine to Kinkos and have it spiral bound, complete with a slick cover and end page to keep it clean and professional.
What do others do to house lesson plans and grades? and am I the only one that has a schedule that continues to change up to the third week in school? I usually wait until the first week of school to have it printed and bound due to those suspected changes.
You can find all of the documents, as well as class list grade templates, free to download here if you have a scribd account. Or look below:
Five Classes a day Planner - large box
Five Classes a day Planner
Six Classes a day Planner
Gradebook - page 1
Gradebook - page 2
Lesson Plan Page