Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lesson Plans

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.

You can click on any of the pictures for a free copy of the templates.
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?

95 comments:

Megan said...

Your organization gives me something to aspire to :)

Megan
Blackboard and Beyond

Julie said...

Very impressive!! I kept a binder last year but your organization all the way to the week blows mine out of the water!! Maybe I will manage to do better this year! I pinned your pic of the binders on Pinterest with a link back to you!
Julie
Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

Ashley M. said...

I am so inspired by your blog! Not to be a stalker but I have being reading your posts all day long! I am in my last year of college and absolutely cannot wait to be a teacher! Your organization and love for all things cute is exactly what I aspire to be like!

I recently started my own blog, "Adventures of a Future Teacher," and would love for you to follow it and give me any feedback you can about teaching!

I look forward to reading many more posts from you!

Ashley

Ashleigh said...

Thanks everyone! I almost didn't even publish this post, so you've made me feel better about it:)

Ashley,
I'm head to your blog right now!

Ashley M. said...

Thank you! I know I may not have much to offer you seeing as I am still a student.. but as a future teacher, I am learning so much from your blog and many of the other wonderful blogs! :)

Ashleigh said...

Ashley, don't sell yourself short. I love learning from new teachers!

Mrs. Zrihen said...

Love the binders!!!!
Everyone needs to find a system that works for them.

http://teacherstreasure.blogspot.com/

Grab my button :)

PJ said...

I like how there's a binder for each 9 weeks! I've done a binder the past few years instead of writing them down (I cannot believe I used to write them!). Except, I had one binder for the year and would find myself emptying it into a folder in my filing cabinet because my binder got so heavy! I also keep my grades and testing info, short parent contact info list, and a backwards planning map.

I have file folders for each unit that I teach though, and I try to write ideas inside the jacket, along with books, videos, websites that I used.

Looks pretty organized to me! :)

Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! said...

I love this organization idea! This looks like a great way to help me stay on track and keep up with everything. Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Jenea
www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com

Mrs. I said...

I like that idea! Would you be willing to send me a copy of your plan sheets? I love to have different ones to get ideas from for my own layouts.

Thanks!
Cathy I.
mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
Mrs. I's Class

Ashleigh said...

No problem! I've sent it to you!

Diane said...

I like the idea of using more than one notebook for lesson plans. I do mine on the computer and had to start including standards. Now my plans are 4 pages. Now, that I'm changing grades I may need to come up with something different.

I like the idea of putting any papers used that week behind the plans. I think that would help for the future year. I'm always digging to find where that paper was from last year.

I have a new blog, but I don't know how to make the cute papers that I see everyone doing yet. I'm also new to first grade after teaching mostly 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I just don't have much to share yet. Hopefully I will after school begins.

Diane
http://theteachersjungle.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

I have been enjoying all your great ideas! Thanks for sharing. If you wouldn't mind, could you send me a copy of your template for specific lesson plans/standards?

Thanks!
Cindy
Just another pb&j day
mrswong404@gmail.com

Brenda said...

Would you be willing to send me your plan sheets for the week and month? It seems like a great way to stay organized. I am returning to teaching after raising a family.

Ashleigh said...

I'll be happy to Brenda! Could you send me an email to ashleigh_60@hotmail.com.

Melissa Smith said...

Love it! This is exactly what I want to do. Good job.

Courtney ROCKquel said...

Would you mind sending me a copy of your lesson template and week template, as well? I am a first year teacher and I would love to have something like this, it seems like a great way to plan! Here is my email: courtneyrockquel@gmail.com

AJ said...

Great lesson template! Best one I've seen. Is it possible for you to email the template? It would help this teacher out a bunch!

aejonas82@gmail.com

tapdw said...

I'm also requesting a possible e-mail of the template, or maybe putting it on google docs?

my e-mail is...
msh716@yahoo.com

Your blog is awesome btw and I found this at just the right time. I've been thinking lately that I need to do my lesson plans in a different format.

Mrs. Annis' Kindergarten said...

I would love to have a copy of the lesson plan template too, please. Also, could you send me the template that goes on the front of the notebook? Thank you!!

Gina
gina.annis@ccboe.net

Aimee said...

The reason I love this is because you are always checking your lessons and improving them! I love this system and it might not be the "most efficient" (I wouldn't know any different if it isn't) but it's the one I'm going to give a try. It is inspiring to see a teacher keep up with her lessons like this and in such detail. Thank you for this!

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Pam Foster said...

Any chance you'd send me your lesson plans templates (weekly and individual)? pfoster1@hotmail.com

TKeough said...

Your binder organization is amazing! This is exactly what my Principal is looking for from us this year. I was wondering if you would mind sharing with me your template for the lesson plans and standard based one? I love reading your blog posts! Thanks for helping other teachers!

Kristin said...

WOW I am just blown away by your binder. Would you share your lesson plans with me? I would love see your ideas...
Thank you
kristinspeaks at gmail dot com

Jenn Nicholson said...

I need to get more organized and I love this idea! I am a second year teacher and want to get organized before too long, I would love to have a copy of your templates if you don't mind?

jnicholson6987@gmail.com

ps-my husband is from North Georgia and also where I student taught. Loved it there!

Jennifer Nicholson

Debbie Bassett said...

I love this. Your plans are great. Simple but has all the important information. Would you share your template? The binders are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing your ideas.
dbassett82@gmail.com

manganelliahms said...

Hi,
I just saw this on Pinterest. Looking to get more organized with my units too, could you send me your lesson planning sheet via email? Thanks!

amanganelli@inbox.com

angiemason said...

Could you send me your templates too! I love the binders,
Angiemason79@gmail.com

Ashleigh said...

Thanks! I just posted a new entry with a download for the template!

Wendy Howard said...

Ashleigh,
I love your binders. I keep my lesson plans
in a binder, but it's for all year. I like your
9 week folders. Could you send me your plan sheets? Wendy Howard
sewwendy@aol.com

Michelle said...

I too am trying to be more organized. Would you send me yor templates, binder sheets or anything you feel may be helpful please? I teach kinder. This is my third year. ty!

mymartinez@aol.com

michelle

Mrs. Meyer's First Grade said...

I did this for years when I taught 8th grade and then passed it on to the teacher who took over for me. She loved it and said it saved her so much time. Now I am teaching 1st grade and starting over. I love this idea.

KSveska said...

I love both of your lesson plan templates. Do you have them posted somewhere?

Mrs. Martin said...

I love this weekly binder idea. I have been teaching for 20+ years and have tried many systems that don't seem to stick. I'm looking forward to trying your plan.

If you wouldn't mind, I also would be interested in any templates that you wouldn't mind sharing. I find it's best to use something that already works rather than totally reinvent the wheel.

Thank you! Lisa
southjerseyaunt@yahoo.com

AnnB said...

What a fantastic idea! I have made binders for different units before but having one for each 9 weeks would make life so much simpler. I love your lesson plan template too. if it is not too much trouble I would love to have a copy of the template you use. I will definitely check your blog more often. you have great ideas!
Thank you,
Ann
bloomfieldann39@gmail.com

Amy said...

I just came across your blog from a post on Pinterest. I am in awe! I love the simple organization ideas that you present/use. You now have my mind planning for next year already (it's never too early to plan!)

Could you forward a copy of your lesson plan template and the weekly overview?

Thank you,
Amy
arusak@epix.net

Wendy said...

Just saw this on pinterest and I LOVE it!!! Would you be willing to share??? I would love to start using something like this next year!
Thanks for sharing your great ideas,
Wendy
Wkroyal@gmail.com

eyelashy said...

Add me to your list of people who are requesting templates please! I'm a second year teacher and I need to begin the organization now before it gets too overwhelming!

ashley belk at hotmail dot com

Lisa said...

What a great idea..Would love to have a copy of templates too..
Thanks so much!!!
ldgarrison@tds.net

Kat said...

this is brilliant!
are you still sharing the templates?
katherine.johnson@cobbk12.org
thank you!

my_is_favored said...

I love the organization. If you are still sharing the templates, I would greatly appreciate a copy. Thanks so much :))
kingdomfirst4@gmail.com

Amy Q. said...

This is just what I've been looking for. I tried to recreate the individual lesson template myself but am having trouble. Would you mind sharing yours? Thank you so very much and have a great year!

aquattlebaum@eanesisd.net

Jaz said...

Hi there, I have been trying for a couple of years to create/find a lesson plan system that does just what yours does! I'm so, so glad you put it up on your blog! When you have time, would you please send me copies of your wonderful templates?
Thanks bunches!

donohueboyer@gmail.com

Kyle said...

Can you send me your lesson plan template? kyle.thompson@fwisd.org

Tiffany said...

Are you still sharing your lesson plan template?
I would love a copy! Your blog is wonderful!

tweston@midway.edu

Thanks so much!!!

Andrea Anderson said...

WOW Love the templates, would you mind sending them to me too? My email is teachanderson@yahoo.com

Marianne said...

Like others, I found your template via pinterest. Can you send it to me also, or perhaps make it in a public folder on your google docs?
Thanks,
Mariannekarch@gmail.com

Mirenda Soo-Hoo said...

I love your templates too!! Do you mind sending them to me!?
Thanks,
mirenda.soohoo@gmail.com

Ordinary Everyday said...

Wow! I am an 8th year teacher teaching my first year of first grade! My goal was to type all my lesson plans this year, rather than write them down and be extra organized do next year would be that much easier. I love this idea and system you've created - makes total sense! I would love to take a peek at your templates too! Would you share?
sonia.hofstetter@mcpherson.com

Thanks!

myamtsberg said...

I love your plans but am not able to access the templates. Could you send them to me via email? mamtsberg@umasd.org?
Thanks in advance!
Mary

Mallory said...

I, also, love your plans and would love a copy of the template. Can you please send me one as well? I'm not able to open it in googleDocs.

Thanks!

mallory.hummer@gmail.com

Mallory

Sandi said...

I would love to have a copy of templates as well. Google Docs say "I don't have access" so I can't get to them. Thank you!

jeauix@gmail.com

starteacher said...

I would love to have a copy of the template but Google Drive says "I don't have access". Would you please allow me to have access? Thank you!

Cbeauf said...

I also would love a copy of the templates.
Thank you so much for sharing them.
cunderhi1@yahoo.com

Kathleen Bearer said...

I was trying to look at the template, but it Google is saying no access. If you would not mind sharing. kbearer9141@gmail.com
Thanks!

Brittney said...

I would also love a copy of your templates. Thank you! bsbillingslea@atlanta.k12.ga.us

Rebecca Tomes said...

Please add me to the list of binder lovers. I would love to have a copy of your templates. This is a summer project of mine. aflipflopkindergarten@gmail.com

Mary Floyd said...

I love this! Will be my summer goal :) I tried to get it on google docs and it wouldn't let me. Is there any way you can email it to me?? mary.ward@mchsi.com
Thank you so much for this info!

CATHY said...

This is wonderfully organized, just like a kindergarten teacher brain. I would also love to have the individual and weekly forms emailed if you wouldn't mind; I couldn't get the google docs to open. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! cathy.edington@gmail.com

Veronica said...

Simply amazing! I am overwhelmed at how accountable you USA teachers have to be with your lesson plans. I suppose since our Prescribed Learning Outcomes are vague and open ended we have more flexibility than having the lesson plans this specific. Koodos to you all.

Stephanie said...

What a brilliant idea! I would really appreciate it if you could email me the forms as well, since I couldn't get them to open on Google Docs either. Thanks!

Stephanie
(Lawson.cook.613@gmail.com)

Jessica McDurmon said...

Oh my gosh, you inspire me so much to be organized. I hope that once I finally get my own classroom I can be half as organized as you are. I can't wait to use this idea. Thank you again!! You are awesome.

Carol said...

Thanks for your generous nature. I would love if you could send me the template/ link as well. I appreciate it! carolmurphy88@gmail.com

Veronica said...

I would also like to have a copy of your planner pages .... I hope to finally have my own class this coming September after 9 years of filling in.

Thanks for your willingness to help bus all out.

veronica.zwiers@sd27.bc.ca

cas said...

When I click on the templet it tells me I don't have permission to access this item. Help!
Cassie

Cathryn said...

Your organizational skills = motivation I needed for summer lesson planning! THANKS!

Jana Wilburn said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lesson plan IDEAS. The binders look great.if possible please email your templates to jlhw108@gmail.com I appreciate your inspiring post.

Kristin Richard said...

I'd also love a copy of your great templates. When I clicked, it said I don't have permission to access them. I requested permission through Google. Thanks a ton!!!!!!!!

Amy Glann said...

I too would love copies of your binder templates...I LOVE organization and this is exactly what I have been thinking of doing! I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was too good to be true! amyjglann@gmail.com Thanks so much...I too tried to click on the template, and also got the "needs permission" notice. Thanks again!

Zondell Morris said...

You are amazingly organized!! Definitely a motivation for me to get my Lesson Plan Binder reorganized. Can I please have access to the copies of your binder templates. Thanks so much for sharing!

Christine Smirk said...

I'm going to have to start using more detailed plans next year and these seem great. Would you please send me a copy of your templates? Thanks so much!

Carol T. said...

Hi!

I would love a copy of your templates. Thanks.

Carol T.
carolt1954@gmail.com

Faye's Busy Bees said...

Hi came across your site while viewing pinterest and I just love your binder organization . If you don't mind will you please send me a copy of your templates and a sample of your lesson plan. I will be so ever greatful.
Faye's Busy Bees (asfaye1@gmail.com)

Jamie Noe said...

Hi, Came across your amazing organization and would love to get a copy of your templates. If possible my email is jamiepreuit@gmail.com.

Thanks

Casey Carter said...

I would love a copy of your lesson plan templates. Can you e-mail them to me?
cdcarter86@gmail.com

Rose Mary said...

Hi I would also like a copy of your lesson plan template:

rosemary_betancourt@yahoo.com

Andrea said...

I love your lesson plan binders! Brilliant!

Angela Litherland said...

Love this! I would love a copy of the lesson plan template :)
Can you please e-mail it to me
mrslitherland16@gmail.com
Thanks so much!
Angela

kaiakonz said...

Stumbled across this and love your ideas! Could I have access to your templates?
s.cranney@xtra.co.nz
Thank you so much!

Shannon O'Toole said...

Like how you have it well organised I am new to teaching and always looking to learn from others. Please send me your lesson plan templates.

achaarnshannon@gmail.com
Thanking you in advance.

Phillip Mossburg said...

I am a senior with a major in Speech Communications Disorders. I need to make a lesson plan but haven't been given any instruction whatsoever on doing this. Would you send me your template to use? Thank you. Kate. csel.poiuy@gmail.com

Susan said...

Can you send me a copy of your lesson plan templates?

Erin Zinke said...

I love the format of that. I have been trying to streamline my process as well. This is great! I requested access to the document, hope you grant it :-)

Ashleigh S said...

For those of you wanting the template, I'll have to email it to you! Just send me an email, and I'll get it to you!

Mary Troy said...

I love how you've organized your binders. Can you please email me the link to both the lesson plan and binder templates. Thank you!
Marywot@msn.com

hannah khan said...

hi could u send me a copy of the week and month one. I'm returning to work after a few year break from raising a family and there have been so many canegs. email: hannahgh82@hotmail.com

Heather Shaw said...

Hi could you send me a copy of the daily lesson plan template please? heather.shaw@sanjuan.edu

Loving life as a Parsons said...

I would love to have all your lesson plan templates: daily, weekly, monthly. I am moving grades this upcoming year and would like to start fresh. My email is aparsons@nsd131.org
Thanks
Alanna

Jen said...

Can I get a copy of your lesson plan templates too? Thanks so much! Jen (jteachie@gmail.com)

Brugger Reading 5/6 said...

Can I get a copy of your lesson plan template? Knbrugger@Hotmail.com. :)

Amy Whitesall said...

Can I get a copy of these lesson plans, Love them!

Arwhitesall@gmail.com

Thank you!

Tamara Porter said...

Could I please get a copy of your template?

tporter@richland2.org

Sunny Castleberry said...

Same here...love your lesson plan template! sunnyjam77@hotmail.com

Thanks!

Tracy said...

I would absolutely love a copy of your templates. My email is oleksak5@comcast.net

Thank you in advance!

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