Make a Digital Plan (with Planbook.com)

April 5, 2014

Make a Digital Plan (with Planbook.com)

April 5, 2014
Hello dear friends! 
I have to tell you, every time I look at my blog I get this horrible-pit-of-sadness-feeling over my lack of blogging this year. 
I miss it terribly. I miss YOU all even more!
But you know how it goes I’m sure, more than anyone else does. New standards to implement, lesson planning around the clock, falling asleep in an armchair before 9:00 PM.
I know I’m not alone in this!
Anyhow…about that planning part I mentioned.
One thing has made my teaching life so much easier this year:
Oh, how I ❤ ❤ ❤ planbook.com!
There are so many thing you can do with this site, starting with one of my favorite past-times…color-coding:
(as you can see, ahem, I’ve yet to fill out my plans for next week. But I am blogging!!!)

Each class you create has an option to choose a color:


I set mine to correlate with my students’ color-coded subjects and I gray out the non-academic times like lunch and recess:

Classes can be set up to run once a week (which is ideal for our specials) or daily:


Now for the fun part (ok, the color-coding is a fun part too but THIS is my true favorite).
There are drop down menus to copy and paste lesson formats!
For instance, I have worked really hard this year to include an essential question in each lesson I teach. I also have all of my classes set up in a workshop format. Planbook.com makes it really easy to copy and paste this format. All you have to do is click on the little arrow on the right side of the lesson box:

Choose copy from the menu:


Then go to the next lesson and select paste to place the same formatting in this next area:

You can also select “extend” to continue a lesson into the next day:


This will make a copy of your exact plan which you can place in the next day’s box, so you can continue on!
I type up all of my plans on planbook.com on my laptop and access them with the app on my iPad at school. THIS is really cool because I can view my plans without lugging my computer in my bag:
It’s just perfect!
I’m not blogging about this on behalf of planbook.com, just out of love of the site on my own. For $12.00 a year, it is a dream of a bargain considering how much easier it has made my planning life!
I hope this was of help if you did not know about this site yet!
How do you like to set up your lesson plans?

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  • Ok, this is nothing major but it has really sped up my planning time in @planbookcom!
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Did you know you can navigate from lesson to lesson with arrows on the right and left? It is SO much faster than double-clicking in and out of lesson boxes!!
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This is probably one of those things everyone knows except me...but I wanted to share just in case!
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#lessonplans #planbookcom #classroommanagement #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
  • Three days of school, three books read for #classroombookaday!
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This has already become a highlight of our day and I love this bonding time with my new sweet fourth graders ❤️
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Next week, we will start discussing the themes and character traits we encounter during our daily reads, thanks to the brilliant @headoverheelsforteaching‘s resources!
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Have you started #classroombookaday again this year? If you are new to the concept you must check out @heisereads classroombookaday.com who developed this...she has tons of book recs and ideas!!
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#classroombookaday #picturebooks #readersgonnaread #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
  • Three days of school and I STILL have a couple of unfinished areas. This whiteboard isn’t hung on the wall, my drawers are only partially labeled, and I have piles of things on the floor to put away BUT...
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The first days of school have been absolutely awesome with my new students!!!
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I really think it’s SO hard for a type A teacher to learn to let things go...to take more time in the summer away from the classroom. I have been working at it for a few years now and I think I’m finally making some progress.
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My room isn’t completely ready for the new year but I definitely am ❤️
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#movingawayfromtypea #teacherselfcare #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
  • Year 18, day two!! It was too busy to post a first day of school picture yesterday 😅
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Who else started this week?? I hope it’s been great!
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#backtoschool #year18 #wheredoesthetimego #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
  • Sharing a quick Google Sheets tip!
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If you are using the checkbox feature and working with a large list, there is an easy way to uncheck all your boxes AT ONCE when you are done with your list!
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Click at the top of the column where your check boxes are located (swipe to see). This will select the whole column.
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Then click your space bar...this will automatically uncheck all of your boxes at once! You can also check off large groups of checkboxes using this same tip.
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I used this feature while printing off the covers for our read alouds today...it saved me a ton of time!
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If you’d like to see more about this digital read aloud tracker, please click the link in my profile or type bit.ly/DigitalReadAloudTracker ✅
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#googledrive #googlesheets #technologyintheclassroom #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
  • How many days do you get for classroom setup?
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We have our one day coming up on Tuesday...and I have a zillion things to finish. Most parts are almost done, but there are stacks of things on the floor everywhere (swipe to see) 😬
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#classroomorganization #kindof #andstacksofsupplieseverywhere #teachertired #iteachfourth #iteach4th #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram

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