One of my summer projects each year is to reorganize my lesson plans. It took me several years, but I’ve finally found a system that works for me. I doubt it’s the most time efficient or visually appealing system, but it works for me. I keep everything in a 3-ring binder and have one 1 binder for each 9-weeks.
Then, I organize my binders into weeks.
At the front of each week, I have an overview of the week. This is what I have for the first week. Yes, we’re starting back really late this year-it all has to do with budget cuts. We have furlough days and a shortened calendar year with extra time added to each day.
Then, for the majority of my lessons I have a template that I use that has all of the specifics (standards, materials, questions, differentiation, etc).
I also include anything that I print or handout, and any homework behind the lesson plan so that everything is kept there together. This really helps me to stay organized from year to year-not that my lessons are ever the same. I always make notes on my lessons as soon as I use them to remind myself of what I want to add, take away, or modify for the next year. If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember by the time I start working on my lessons again. Now, I’ve got to decide how to include my work station activities into my lesson plans. What do you use, any suggestions?